Hackberry Fire notes: Number of acres burned approaching 6,000

BANNER COUNTY - Sunday's weather caused more erratic fire behavior on the Hackberry Fire in Banner and Morrill Counties.

According to the Gering Fire Department, 5,761 acres have been burned, with more expected Monday. As of Sunday evening, the fire remains out of control and there is no containment.

"We can't thank all that have supported landowners, stakeholders and firefighters," the fire department said. "For every firefighter that has assisted in suppressing the Hackberry Fire, you guys rock!"

More information is expected to be released Monday.


- Firefighters from Hall and Howard Counties provided mutual aid with grass rigs from St. Paul, Danneborg, Farwell, Boelus, Wood River and Cairo Fire Departments. 

"We thank you for your assistance," Region 21 Emergency Management said. "So many departments have responded to assist this weekend. We appreciate them all, even if we aren't able to identify them."

Volunteer firefighters returned home Sunday evening.

- 10 members from The Well Church in Sidney drove to the Wildcat Hills to cook and serve hamburgers for first responders this weekend.