Great Progress Made in Carter Canyon Firefighting Effort

3 Aug 2022, 5 p.m. ·

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Firefighting crews map out their plan of attack to contain the blaze (Photo: Bill Kelly / Nebraska Public Media News)

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Firefighters have made great progress against the Carter Canyon fire in Nebraska’s panhandle. Nebraska Forest Service public information officer Benjamin Bohall gave updates on the firefighting effort.

Bohall said the most recent measure of the Carter Canyon fire indicates the blaze is roughly 85 percent contained. This means 85 percent of the perimeter around the fire has been blocked off and it cannot expand further.

“The good news is we are winding down and we are reaching a point where we will be turning this over to the Gering Fire Department,” he said.

Bohall said that major operations will likely be wrapped up this weekend. In fact, a large portion of the firefighting presence is working on mop-up.

“This is where firefighters essentially go along the perimeter of the fire and ensure that there is very little chance of any potentially combustible fuels reigniting,” he said.

Bohall said no new properties have been destroyed or damaged and no injuries have been reported. Overall, more than 15,000 acres of land were burnt by the fire.