Nebraska Wildfire Causes Millions In Damage
STAPLETON (AP) - Officials say a wildfire that swept through nearly 26,000 acres of pasture and farmland in central Nebraska has caused millions of dollars in crop losses, and they worry that hot weather and strong winds could keep the fire alive. Stapleton Fire Chief Frank Kramer says crews contained much of the blaze Wednesday, but officials are concerned it may flare again due to the unusual heat and dry conditions. The fire continued to burn through more than 40-square miles near Stapleton, a small town in a sparsely populated area about 30 miles north of North Platte. Kramer says it's too early to estimate damage, but the fire hit as local farmers were harvesting and storing crops. Farmer Art Kramer says the fire burned up to three-fourths of his family's corn crop.