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(Neb)-Quick Responses Hold Lightning Fires To Small Size

By: John Axtell Posted at: 07/07/2017 11:24 AM
CHADRON - Thunderstorms continue to cause problems for firefighters in Dawes, Sioux, and Fall River Counties. Lightning triggered two fires about 10:00 last night on or near the Soldier Creek National Wilderness Area on the northwest edge of Fort Robinson State Park.

     Both the Boots Fire on the wilderness and the Leelee Fire on private land about a mile north of the wilderness were held to a tenth of an acre by crews from the U-S Forest Service and the Crawford Volunteer Fire Department.

     Farther north, the West Imlay Fire in the Badlands on the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands 2 miles south of Scenic was contained at less than an acre after being reported about 4:30 on Wednesday and the Slash Fire north of Angostura Reservoir, reported about a half-hour later, was controlled at a tenth of an acre

     Forest Service Pine Ridge District Ranger Tim Buskirk is asking everyone camping or otherwise enjoying the woods and prairies to be extra cautious at this time because Mother Nature is already causing enough problems without humans helping by being careless with fire.


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