Wildfires in north-central Nebraska grow

AP News
Posted: Jul 25, 2012 2:19 PM
Wildfires in north-central Nebraska grow

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The wildfires burning in north-central Nebraska have expanded, but firefighters hope more favorable weather will help efforts to beat the flames back.

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency spokesman Mike Wight says the main Fairfield Creek fire just west of Springview expanded overnight to more than 104 square miles — about a tenth of the size of Rhode Island — from 92 square miles Tuesday.

Two smaller fires about 20 miles east had burned nearly nine square miles by Wednesday morning.

Wight says authorities expect to get more help from the weather Wednesday. No rain is expected, but winds will be much lighter and the humidity will be higher.

Temperatures, which had topped 100 degrees in recent days, were expected to top out in the mid-90s by late Wednesday afternoon.