Road 702 Wildfire in Southwest Nebraska Now 88% Contained
By Will Bauer, Reporter/Producer Nebraska Public Media
April 28, 2022, 10 a.m. ·
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The Road 702 Wildfire in Southwest Nebraska is now 88% contained, according to Nebraska's Emergency Management Agency.
NEMA raised the total area impacted by the wildfire to 43,582 on Thursday morning. The only uncontained area remains around the Republican River Valley, which stretches across both Furnas and Red Willow counties.
This area has been a main focus of fire crews since the weekend. The dense vegetation – shrubs and trees – surrounding the river has given the ongoing fires longer lasting fuel compared to quick-burring prairie grass.
The weather in the area will be warm and breezy for most of Thursday. There’s also slight chances of thunderstorms forecasted by Thursday evening and into Friday.
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