Giant fire burns 40 square miles in central Neb.

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Posted: Oct 05, 2011 8:35 AM
Giant fire burns 40 square miles in central Neb.

Authorities say a giant, wind-swept wildfire has burned more than 40-square miles in central Nebraska, destroying one home and sending one person to the hospital with burns.

The fire started Tuesday near Stapleton, about 230 miles west of Omaha, and quickly raced through farm fields and yards and trees.

Stapleton Fire Chief Frank Kramer says aircraft are being prepared to fly over the area and dump water on the blaze. Hundreds of firefighters from as many as 60 departments across the state are helping fight the fire.

Kramer says they are preparing for the worst Wednesday as temperatures rise and winds pick up.

Witnesses told KNOP-TV in North Platt that a farm combine started the blaze but the state patrol says the cause is unknown.