Northern Neb. Fire claims 14 homes; no new growth
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Officials monitoring three wildfires in north-central Nebraska say the flames have destroyed 14 homes and have cost about $2.5 million to fight.
Susan Ford, a spokeswoman with the firefighting effort, says none of the three wildfires grew from Friday to Saturday, but says firefighters are still scrambling to contain the two smaller fires.
The fires have burned more than 117 square miles of land, nearly the size of Nebraska's largest city of Omaha.
Ford said Saturday that firefighters have the Fairfield Creek fire, the biggest, completely contained. The Wentworth fire to the east has burned nearly nine square miles and is only 50 percent contained, but officials remain hopeful it can be completely contained by Sunday. Ford says the Hall fire, the smallest, is 70 percent contained.
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