Campgrounds open again after Nebraska National Forest fires

HALSEY, Neb. (AP) _ The Bessey Ranger District in the Nebraska National Forest in central Nebraska is back in business after a wildfire burned more than 1,000 acres in July.

The U.S. Forest Service says all campgrounds, roads and trails are now open.

The fire started with a lightning strike, about 22 southeast of Halsey. Ranger Tim Buskirk cautions visitors to follow the rules and stay on the roads and trails. He says there has been little rain and the area remains fragile. Fire restrictions are still in place, and include no campfires and smoking only in vehicles.

The fire was one of a series of forest and grassland fires in Nebraska during the summer marked by dry lightning, fierce winds and extreme heat and drought.

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