LINCOLN, Nebraska – In the Nebraska Sandhills, firefighters are making headway in confining a major wildfire.
The Bovee Fire has consumed 15,000 acres and is 30% contained as of Tuesday morning. On Monday, milder, less windy conditions and light precipitation supported the work of firefighters.
According to the Rocky Mountain Complex Incident Management Team, “Dozers, engines, and hand crews made good progress on fireline construction on the northern and eastern flanks of the fire, and work has begun on the western side.”
About 125 individuals and local, state, and federal resources are combating the fire. Minimal dispersal is anticipated.
The evacuations have been lifted and Highway 2 is now open, but watch for smoke and increased traffic, including huge firefighting vehicles.
On Sunday, a fireman was killed while combating the Bovee Fire. According to the Region 26 Council, Purdum Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Mike Moody died due to a medical emergency. He was 59 years of age.
Sunday afternoon, the fire ignited in the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey and quickly raced north. The lodge and cabins of the State 4-H Camp were destroyed beside the Scott Lookout Tower.
Sunday, the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands Organization reported a significant wildfire near Halsey in the Bessey Ranger District.