Cross fire in Banner County under control

BANNER COUNTY, NE — Fire officials say a fire burning near the Nebraska-Wyoming state line is contained. 

In a Facebook post Friday morning, Banner County Fire Department Chief Tim Grubbs says the Cross fire is under control as of Thursday night. Crews are still periodically patrolling the area. 

The Cross fire began Wednesday west of Highway 71 and North of Highway 88 in Banner County. Much of the area burned was in the wildcat hills. 

The announcement comes about one week after the start of the Hackberry Fire, which began the night of Thursday, Aug. 5. Grubbs says that fire is also under control. 

In his post, Grubbs thanked all the local fire departments who provided mutual aid to Banner County during the fires. 

He also gave gratitude to everyone who donated supplies, food and water and farmers who made use of their water trucks and other equipment during the fires. 

"Most importantly, I'd like to thank our families for allowing us to go when we're called. I know the sacrifices are huge," Grubbs said in the post. 

He also thanked his crews employers for working with the volunteer fire department members to take the time needed to battle the blazes. 

"This was truly a community effort," Grubbs wrote. "And our community stepped up big time. So on behalf of the Banner County Fire Department, thank you to everyone who helped out this last week."