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(Neb)-Thursday Fire Blackens 7 Square Miles Near Ash Hollow

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/18/2017 07:28 PM
ASH HOLLOW, Neb. (AP) - A wildfire Thursday blackened an estimated 7 square miles in the southern  Panhandle around Ash Hollow, near the western end of Lake McConaughey..
     Blue Creek Rural Fire District Chief David Dymak said Friday that the blaze was reported around 2:45 p.m. Thursday on an unoccupied farmstead about 5 miles south of Lewellen

      . Chief Dymak says the fire burned across fields of prairie grass and wheat stubble, whipped along by winds gusting to 40 mph, damaging some farm outbuildings but no residences.
       Nearly 110 firefighters from 10 different departments battled the blaze, aided by farmers who used their tractors to turn over some field sections to eliminate the fuel of dried vegetation. A number of firefighters remained on the scene Friday to monitor for flare-ups.


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