First responders battling another wildfire in Banner County

BANNER COUNTY - One day after the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency transferred command of the Hackberry Fire back to local authorities in the Nebraska Panhandle, first responders are battling a new wildfire that sparked Wednesday afternoon in Banner County.

The fire broke out north of Highway 88 and west of Highway 71. The fire appears to be in mainly rural areas of the Wildcat Hills. No evacuations have been announced.

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The Hackberry Fire was ignited by lightning on Aug. 5 and burned an estimated 6,000 acres in Banner and Morrill Counties. That fire was 95 percent contained as of Monday afternoon, according to NEMA. 

Authorities said 20 volunteer fire departments from Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota, with 120 engines, responded to the fire. 

The Nebraska National Guard sent 12 soldiers with three helicopters. After arriving Saturday, the crews flew over 140 flights and dropped about 141,000 gallons of water on the fire. A large airtanker from Colorado also assisted.