7/22/2012 5:46:18 PM
Update on Fire in Brown & Keya Paha Counties in North Central Nebraska
Volunteer Fire Crews from all Departments in Custer County are taking turns assisting in the fire that is raging in Brown and Keya Paha counties in North Central Nebraska. According to North Central Emergency Manager Doug Fox, the fire was started by lightning late Thursday night and fire crews were first called out at 9:48 am Friday. The fire that started in the Northwest corner of Brown County has burned an estimated 90,000 to 100,000 acres and as of late afternoon Sunday, the fire was believed to be approximately 50 % contained. However, Fox stated that the winds were down Sunday so that assisted them in placing fire breaks west of Meadville, on the west edge of Keya Paha County and the west edge of Brown county on the Cherry County Line. Fox said if the winds pick up again on Monday it could change quickly. Six residences have been destroyed and mandatory evacuations stretch from the Norden Bridge to Highway 183 which is approximately 18 miles. Volunteer Personnel from 35 Fire Departments continue to assist. The National Guard has sent three Helicopters equipped with “Bambi Buckets” which allow the helicopters to take water from whatever source is available such as lakes and rivers to assist in putting out the fire. A Federal Type 2 Incident Management Team has been requested to assist with the fire in such areas as logistics, operations, and safety.