Multiple fires continue to burn in Nebraska

April 12, 2023, 4 p.m. ·

Morning briefing at the Fairbury Rural Fire department, Wednesday morning. Photo by Jefferson and Saline County Emergency Management.

Firefighters statewide continue to battle multiple wildfires that sparked earlier this week.

The latest update from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says the McCann Fire in Cherry County is now 60 percent contained and burned just over 7,000 acres.

The fire laid down more than expected overnight according to state liaison Chris Schroeder. He says the Nebraska National Guard CH-47 and UH-60 helicopters were effectively dropping water Wednesday and will continue working Thursday.

The Rock Creek Fire in Jefferson County is 65 percent contained and has burned 2,600 acres.

"While the fire is 65 percent contained, an important reminder is that containment does not mean the same thing as extinguished. Containment is the barrier around the fire’s footprint to prevent spread. Fire may be burning inside the perimeter," according to NEMA.

The Lowry Fire in Garfield County, the third that was active on Thursday, is now at 100 percent containment. However two injuries have been reported from that fire.

NEMA is warning that Critical Fire Weather is still in effect and is asking all Nebraskans to be aware of the wildfire conditions.