Another Large Wildfire Near Stapleton
STAPLETON (AP) - Firefighters have controlled a wind-blown blaze just miles from the spot near Stapleton where a giant wildfire erupted earlier this week. The new fire began Thursday east of U.S. Highway 83, about seven miles east of where Tuesday's fire began in west-central Nebraska. Wind gust of nearly 60 mph fanned the flames. Officials haven't released an estimate of damage to farms or fields. No injuries have been reported. Stapleton officials reported Thursday night the fire had been brought under control. The wildfires that raced through the area Tuesday and Wednesday devoured more than 20,000 acres of farmland and caused millions of dollars in estimated crop and property damage. At least one home was destroyed near Stapleton and at least one person was treated for smoke inhalation.