Dawes County fire still burning
Only one of 4 fires started in Dawes County by weekend thunderstorms remains uncontained, the East Ash Creek Fire south of Highway 20 between Chadron and Crawford.
Command of the firefighting effort has been transferred from local volunteer departments to the U-S Forest Service and and there is limited accsess to roads and a precationary pre-evacuation notice is in place for homes in the area of the fire.
No update on the size of the fire has been given since early last evening, when it was listed at 20-acres, and there's no percentage of containment at this time. The East Ash Creek Fire is burning in extremely rugged terrain that makes access difficult.
Region 23 Emergency Management director Nan Gould says firefighters were aided by some rain overnight that was accompanied by cooler temperatures and higher humidity.
Firefighters yesterday afternoon and early evening were able to complete containment lines around the Dawes County Fires...the 50-acre East Belmont fire about 10-miles southeast of Crawford, the Ponderosa Fire in the Ponderosa Wildlife Management Area southeast of Crawford, and a roughly 6-acre fire south of Chadron near the Pine Ridge Job Corps Center.
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