Central Nebraska fire departments provide assistance with Hackberry Wildfire in Panhandle

BANNER COUNTY - Firefighters battling the Hackberry Wildfire in the Nebraska Panhandle got assistance from fire departments in central Nebraska.

According to Custer County Emergency Management, fire departments from Anselmo, Broken Bow, Callaway, Merna, Ansley and Sargent left for Banner and Morrill Counties Saturday night. 

The Arnold Fire Department left for the panhandle earlier Saturday.

"We are grateful for the assistance and appreciate everything these departments have contributed," Region 21 Emergency Management said.

As of Saturday, the Hackberry Wildfire burned an estimated 5,500 acres. The blaze began in Banner County on Thursday night.