Officials warn of high wildfire danger

The Nebraska State Fire Marshall says the high winds and lack of moisture in January has raised the wildfire danger status in the majority of the state's counties to high or very high.

Scottsbluff Rural Fire Chief Paul Reisig said people need to use caution because small wildfires have already occurred due to tumbleweeds in ditches, passing trains and other factors. Reisig said people got complacent after a wetter than normal fall.

Reisig urges residents to get state required burn permits and contact the Communications Center about your intent to burn before burning. Also don't burn in windy conditions.

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