Hackberry Fire not yet fully contained

Video: Clips show the Hackberry Fire burning in Banner County of Friday, Aug. 6.

BANNER COUNTY — Hours after reporting the Hackberry Fire was fully contained, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) now says that is not the case. 

NEMA State Emergency Response Commission Coordinator Alyssa Sanders and NEMA Public Information Officer Jodie Fawl both tell News Channel Nebraska the Hackberry Fire is 80 percent contained as of Tuesday morning. Around 6,000 acres have burned. 

Yesterday, multiple reports indicated the fire was 100 percent contained. Sanders said she received an update from Incident Command Monday afternoon stating as such. 

Tuesday morning, however, she received another update saying the blaze was 80 percent contained. 

"I believe they had a miscommunication on scene yesterday," Sanders told NCN Tuesday. "The numbers I reported this morning were confirmed by the Incident Management Team this morning."

The Hackberry Fire began Thursday evening in rural Banner County via a lightning strike. The flames stretched into Morrill County over the weekend. 

Fire crews from across Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming have responded. Multiple air crews, including three Nebraska National Guard Helicopters and multiple Forest Service aircraft have worked the fire as well. 

The Nebraska State Fire Marshal reported incident command would return to local control Tuesday morning. Fire activity has slowed greatly from the weekend where the fire jumped from 2,500 acres on Friday to about 5,000 on Saturday. Since then it has only burned about another 500 acres. 

No injuries or loss of structure have been reported.

 

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