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(Neb.)-Cottonwood Fire In The Mop Up Stage

By: Chris Fankhauser Posted at: 06/20/2012 12:21 PM

(Harrison)-There is more good news coming out of Sioux County today (Wednesday). Region 23 Emergency Management Deputy Misty Skavdahl said that the rain from the prior night’s storm assisted crews with anywhere between one half and three quarters of an inch of precipitation. The rain caused conditions at the sight of the fire to become very muddy, and crews went home for the night between 1 and 1:30 am.
 
Skavdahl said the duties that are left are pretty much mopping up and monitoring, with the Huey helicopter making some drops on hot spots. The helicopter is expected to go home tomorrow (Thursday). The estimated burn area remains around 5,000 acres, and approximately 55% containment. Skavdahl warns that the fire is not out, but they are being very optimistic about the end of the battle being near.
 
Another sign of the situation settling down is that the only crews left on the scene are the Harrison Volunteer Fire Department, and a few personnel from Ponderosa and the Forest Service. Even the Red Cross was relieved of duties after breakfast on Wednesday morning. Skavdahl said the helicopter will also monitor for any other fires that may be ignited from lightning after the storm on Tuesday.
 
Larry Hankin, Dawes County Roads Superintendent, told the Dawes County Commissioners at their Wednesday morning meeting that the county sent over 11 men, 2 dozers and 2 loader graders, 3 semis, 1 water tanker, and 1 forestry water tanker, with estimated man hours at 363. He said they still have two blades out assisting, but all equipment and personnel should be home today. Dawes County Deputy Attorney Adam Edmund, who is a member of the Harrison Volunteer Fire Department, told the Board the entire community of Harrison is very thankful for the support. Skavdahl echoed that remark.
 
She said all of the support, from personnel to equipment, food to donations, has all been very appreciated. 
 
(Questions? Comments? Email chris@chadrad.com)
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