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(Neb)-Lightning Triggers 100-Acre Fire In Wildcat Hills

By: John Axtell Posted at: 07/12/2017 12:31 PM
Photo - Tim Newman
SCOTTSBLUFF - About 50 firefighters worked well into Tuesday night to contain and extinguish a wildfire in the Wildcat Hills south of Gering sparked by lightning Monday night.
    Region 22 Emergency Management Director Tim Newman says the fire was reported over the noon hour with crews from the Gering, Scottsbluff, Mitchell, Minatare-Melbeta, and Scotts Bluff Rural fire departments responding along with Nebraska Game and Parks.
    Newman says the SEAT...single-engine aerial tanker...plane stationed at Hot Springs responded across the border to drop retardant onto the fire late in the afternoon, helping firefighters gain control in tough conditions caused by heavy undergrowth and terrain with lots of small gullies.
    Newman says Game and Parks monitored the fire overnight with the Civil Air Patrol unit in Chadron conducting a fire detection flight along western and southern Banner County today looking for signs of any other fires.


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