Additional wildfires in Nebraska char 120,000 acres in two countries
Extreme winds, low humidity and dry lightning may have destroyed up to 120,000 acres of rangeland in the Nebraska Sandhills.
The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says eight wildfires across two counties began Thursday afternoon and were 85 percent contained Friday afternoon.
The Cooksley Fire began in Custer County before rapidly spreading north into Blaine County with dry lighting sparking seven additional fires.
Local fire departments reported no deaths, but outbuildings, rangeland and hay supplies were a total loss.
Earlier in the week, NEMA reported that 15,000 acres had burned in several counties across the state.