CHADRON, Neb. (AP) - Officials estimate that a wildfire in the northwest corner of Nebraska has blackened about 1.5 square miles.
Steve Lenzo is deputy forest supervisor for the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands. He said late Tuesday night that shifting winds had fanned the flames on federal recreation area land south of U.S. Highway 20 between Chadron and Crawford.
Lenzo says the latest estimate is that about 20 percent of the East Ash Creek fire is contained. Earlier Tuesday the estimates were 25 percent containment of a fire that had blackened less than a half square mile.
No buildings have been lost, and one injury has been reported.
The fire is blamed on a lightning strike Saturday night.