BROKEN BOW– A small grass fire south-east of Broken Bow required only a handful of firemen to extinguish the flames on Monday, March 29.
At approximately 3:45 PM Broken Bow Fire was dispatched to a grass fire in the south ditch on Road 797. The fire had started on the road and burned to the south-east into a treeline. Fire crews were able to put out the flames quickly and prevent any trees from catching fire.
According to Broken Bow Fire Chief Jason Baum, the fire started when old hay began to get hot and ignited. Two grass firetrucks, a water tanker, and seven firemen were dispatched to the scene and were able to extinguish the flames in about thirty minutes.
Baum is urging everyone to refrain from burning outdoors as dry and windy conditions make it very easy for wildfires to start.
Much of the area in central and western Nebraska is currently in a Red Flag Warning or a High Wind Warning due to low humidity and winds that are expected to exceed 45 mph .