We’ve already seen this threat come to life here in the metro this week, but state officials have issued a formal warning about a high risk of wildfires in Nebraska.
On Wednesday, a large fire cut through the dry grass near Lake Cunningham. It rekindles on Thursday.
On Friday, state officials issued a warning that most counties in the state are currently in the High to Very High risk range for such fires.
A lack of moisture and recent high winds have formed a dangerous recipe for fire risk.
Statistics from the Nebraska Forestry Service indicate that the cause of most wildfires involves a human factor. The primary cause of wildfires during five of the last six calendar years was debris burning.
State Fire Marshal Jim Heine says, “There are a few simple steps that we can all follow to avoid unnecessary damage and fire department responses caused by wildfires.”
Some of these steps are listed below: