Crews battle wildfire in western Nebraska

Crews are still battling a wildfire south of Scottsbluff
Published: Jul. 31, 2022 at 10:58 AM CDT
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GERING, Neb. (WOWT) - Crews are still on the scene of a wildfire in western Nebraska.

Nebraska State Patrol says the large fire is south of Gering and Scottsbluff. The fire started Saturday night in four different places.

It’s believed lightning may be the cause.

Troopers were working to evacuate residents in the area late Saturday night. Mandatory evacuations are underway in Carter Canyon just south of Gering.

More than 1,000 acres have been burned since Saturday night. As of Sunday afternoon, the fire is 0% contained.

At least 12 fire departments are responding.

According to Nebraska Game and Parks, several areas in the Panhandle southwest of Gering have been closed to help firefighters in their efforts to control the fire.

Cedar Canyon Wildlife Management Area, Montz Point WMA, Carter Canyon, Montz Point and both parts of Platte River Basin Environments, are closed to all public access.

The public is asked to stay away from the area. They also want to keep the roads clear so those who do live there can evacuate personal belongings and move livestock to safety.

This is a developing story. Stay with 6 News for updates.

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