Wildfires in Lancaster, Gage, Saline counties under control

Published: Oct. 23, 2022 at 3:13 PM CDT
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CORTLAND, Neb. (KOLN) -The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced that the wildfires that worked their way into southern Lancaster County are currently under control and not spreading as of 8 p.m. on Sunday. First responders are still working on hot spots and making sure buildings are put out. They say they will continue to work through the night and are asking those that evacuated from fire zones not to return home yet. All others are asked to avoid the area.

An evacuation center was made available at Lincoln Southwest High School, but was closed earlier in the evening because displaced residents found other places to stay.

According to LLCEM, the focus that kept their attention latest into the day was around Southwest 100th Street to Southwest 86th Street, Gage Road to Panama Road. The City of Lincoln is not threatened at this time.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Emergency Management reported on Sunday that there are multiple...
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Emergency Management reported on Sunday that there are multiple large grass fires just south of the county that are creating smoky conditions in the southern portion of the county.(10/11 NOW)

Earlier Sunday, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Emergency Management asked individuals who live between 54th and 38th Street from Firth to Olive Creek Road in southern Lancaster County to evacuate the area to the north and east.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office also issued an evacuation order for areas south and west of Southwest 12th Street and West Saltillo Road. Individuals in southwest Lancaster County were asked to consider voluntarily evacuating to the north and east for the time being.

Around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Lancaster County Engineer Pam Dingman asked that no one travel south of Saltillo Road. She confirmed there are three wildfires.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation said the wildfires caused road closures during the day.

Due to the high winds and dry conditions, a Red Flag Warning is in effect until 8 p.m.

According to Nebraska State Patrol, troopers are assisting emergency managers with evacuations of some areas in southern Lancaster County and northern Gage County.