Firefighters Battle to Control NW Nebraska Wildfire

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Firefighters believe that more than half of the wildfire that charred thousands of acres in northwest Nebraska has been contained.

The blaze has charred an estimated 5,000 acres northeast of Harrison in Sioux County. That's up from a previous estimate of 3,000 acres.

Speaking for the Harrison Volunteer Fire Department, Sandy Murphy says the fire was about 50-to-65 percent contained Tuesday afternoon. She says the fire is difficult to get to in some areas because of the rugged terrain filled with hills and canyons.

There have been no reports of any damage to structures or any injuries. Murphy says firefighters have been able to build defenses around the handful of ranch homes threatened by the fire, so those homes appear safe. Ten different landowners have been affected.

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