Banner county to monitor grass fire overnight
Members of the Banner County fire department are spending the night and early morning monitoring a grass fire that rekindled Friday, burning 150 to 200 acres on the southern edge of the Wildcat Hills.
Fire Chief Tim Grubbs says the fire is located in rough country two miles south of the Scotts Bluff-Banner County line and a mile west of Highway 71. The fire is one of five small blazes, no more than 30 acres and all lightning caused, that the department spent nine hours responding to Thursday afternoon and night.
Grubbs says they were called back out at 1:20 Friday afternoon. They asked for mutual aid from Gering firefighters, who went back to their station around 6 p.m.
About watching the fire overnight, Grubbs said "I'd rather watch it than have to come back out if it got away from us again." Temperatures were over 100 degrees as the two fire departments battled the blaze.
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