Update: Gering and Crawford Fire
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - Firefighters are still working to put out two fast-moving wildfires in the Panhandle. The first has already prompted evacuations roughly four miles south of Crawford. Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands says that fire broke out late Thursday afternoon. Not long after that Nebraska State Patrol says a second fire broke out just to the northwest of Scottsbluff. In a Facebook post early Friday morning, Gering Fire Chief Nathan Flowers provided an update on the fire. Flowers said that an estimated 3,600 acres from Robidoux Road to Derringer Road were burned and the fire is 0% contained.
According to an incident summary update issued Friday morning by the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the fire has damaged an estimated 1,000 acres and 30 primary structures were evacuated. More than 100 responders are fighting the fire.
In its release, NEMA said that temperature highs will be in the mid-70s today, however, winds are expected to increase in the area, with gusts around 26 miles per hour.
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