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Nebraska Sandhills wildfire is more than 60% contained

HALSEY, Nebraska – Crews have made progress in their efforts to control the Bovee Fire in the Nebraska Sandhills region near Halsey due to the continued cool and damp weather.

More than 200 individuals from multiple states are assisting in the suppression efforts. As of Wednesday morning, approximately 56% of the fire’s perimeter has been contained.

All evacuation orders have been withdrawn, and Highway 2 is now open; nevertheless, smoke and increased traffic, including large firefighting trucks, should be anticipated.

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.

As of Wednesday morning, the Bovee Fire has burned 18,932 acres and is 56% contained.(Rocky Mountain Complex Incident Management Team One)

The Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands Organization reported a major wildfire at the Bessey Ranger District near Halsey on Sunday. (Joshua Carrizales)

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