National Guard deploys to fight wildfire in Boyd and Holt Counties

BOYD COUNTY, Neb. -- The Nebraska National Guard is helping put out a wildfire that's been burning for several days in north central Nebraska.

The National Guard says they activated two helicopter crews and 11 soldiers to bring more firefighting capabilities to local authorities in Boyd County.

At least 13 fire departments from Nebraska and South Dakota have already responded to the fire that began Wednesday night.

They say as of Friday morning, crews have completed 34 water drops with more than 23,000 gallons of water, mainly near Brush Creek and Highway 11. That's where the largest of the fires had burned 6,000 acres.