Nebraska wildfires lead to evacuations, canceled classes
Source: OMAHA WORLD HERALD
By Martha Stoddard and Maricia Guzman
CHADRON, Neb. A pair of rapidly growing wildfires forced authorities to evacuate about 150 Dawes County residents, close Chadron State Park and cancel classes in Chadron Thursday.
Combined, the fires have burned an estimated 25,000 acres, said Beth Hermanson, fire information officer for the Rocky Mountain interagency incident management team. The team has been called in to relieve exhausted local firefighters.
We're looking at zero percent containment right now, she said. We've got a lot of work to do.
The fires were estimated at only 1,300 acres as of Wednesday, but grew quickly as hot winds propelled flames through dry timber and grasslands.