Monday, 02 July 2012 04:45
HALSEY, Neb. (AP) - A fire in a national forest southeast of Halsey in central Nebraska has charred about 1,043 acres. The fire, which was sparked by lightning on Saturday, has been difficult to put out in the dense forest, steep and rough sandy hills, and temperatures at about 100 degrees.
Authorities say after a successful day on Monday and no overnight activity, five fire engines will be released and reassigned to fires in Wyoming and South Dakota. Tim Buskirk, a Ranger for the Bessey District of the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands, says work continues to put out hot spots.
Officials are not relaxing because of forecasts for continued hot and dry conditions and the continued threat of wildland fires.