(Neb.) - Southern Nebraska Panhandle fire called contained
POTTER, Neb. (AP) - Officials say firefighters have contained a blaze that blackened nearly 3,000 acres in the southern Nebraska Panhandle.
Hot spots are smoldering inside the area, which is about 15 miles north of Potter in Cheyenne County. The area is about 80 miles south of a wildfire that's burned an estimated 3,000 acres in
the northwest corner of the Panhandle.
Spokesman Bob Hilpert of the Potter Volunteer Fire Department says the fire was touched off Saturday night by lightning and was soon extinguished.
But Hilpert says wind fanned hot spots back into flames that raced over rangeland and into canyons on Sunday. He says containment was achieved early Monday morning.
There have been no reports of injuries or any damage to structures.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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