Large fire in southwestern Nebraska causes town to evacuate

Evacuations are underway right now in Edison, Nebraska, as a large fire moves through the area. The fire is located in Furnas County, southwest of Kearney, near the Kansas border.The Nebraska State Patrol tweeted just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday saying, “The town of Edison is now under an evacuation order because of a large fire in the area. Troopers, deputies, emergency management officials, and others are assisting in the evacuation.” As of Friday morning, the fire in Gosper and Furnas county is about 90% contained as crews work to put out hot spots. Nearly 30 agencies were called in to help battle the flames. A mandatory evacuation order was called for people living in the area.Investigators with the Nebraska State Fire Marshal determined the cause of the fire was accidental, and was caused by strong winds blowing a dead tree into a power line.On Friday afternoon Gov. Pete Ricketts issued a state emergency declaration which allows state assets and the Governor’s Emergency Fund to be used for the response.Two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters with crews, a 25-person Wildland Taskforce hand crew and support vehicles from the Nebraska National Guard have were also deployed Friday. “It’s in the process of activating air and ground firefighting assets for south-central Nebraska fire. Two Blackhawk helicopters with “bambi” buckets, ground apparatus. and 38 airmen and soldiers,” said a spokesperson for the Nebraska National Guard.

Evacuations are underway right now in Edison, Nebraska, as a large fire moves through the area.

The fire is located in Furnas County, southwest of Kearney, near the Kansas border.

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Furnas County Sheriff’s Office

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Furnas County Sheriff’s Office

The Nebraska State Patrol tweeted just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday saying, “The town of Edison is now under an evacuation order because of a large fire in the area. Troopers, deputies, emergency management officials, and others are assisting in the evacuation.”

As of Friday morning, the fire in Gosper and Furnas county is about 90% contained as crews work to put out hot spots.

Nearly 30 agencies were called in to help battle the flames. A mandatory evacuation order was called for people living in the area.

Investigators with the Nebraska State Fire Marshal determined the cause of the fire was accidental, and was caused by strong winds blowing a dead tree into a power line.

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Portions of Highway 283 were closed due to the fire Thursday

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On Friday afternoon Gov. Pete Ricketts issued a state emergency declaration which allows state assets and the Governor’s Emergency Fund to be used for the response.

Two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters with crews, a 25-person Wildland Taskforce hand crew and support vehicles from the Nebraska National Guard have were also deployed Friday.

“It’s in the process of activating air and ground firefighting assets for south-central Nebraska fire. Two Blackhawk helicopters with “bambi” buckets, ground apparatus. and 38 airmen and soldiers,” said a spokesperson for the Nebraska National Guard.

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