SPRINGVIEW, Nebraska - The massive wildfires in north-central Nebraska are nearly contained.
Firefighters say the three fires that burned nearly 119 square miles near the scenic Niobrara River should be contained by Monday.
The largest of the three fires, the Fairfield Creek Fire, was considered 100 percent contained on Sunday morning. Firefighters plan to patrol that area looking for any flare-ups.
The other two smaller fires, the Wentworth and Hall fires, were about 90 percent contained. Firefighters were working on strengthening the lines around those fires on Sunday.
The federal fire officials that have been managing the fire fight for the past week plan to return control to local officials on Monday.
The Fairfield Creek Fire was started by lightning on July 20. The fires have destroyed 14 homes and 17 outbuildings.