(Neb)-210-Acre Grass Fire Destroys 1 Home In McCook
Photo courtesy Nebraska State Patrol
McCOOK, Neb. (AP) - Firefighters were still working on hot spots Wednesday afternoon left by a wildfire the previous afternoon that destroyed a house and blackened an estimated 210-acres as it threatened McCook and forced an evacuation.
Red Willow Western Rural Fire Department Chief Bill Elliott says the fire began about 2 miles from town when high winds knocked a power line into a shed and sparks from the resulting short ignited dry brush below.
At least one person who camps out near McCook was burned as 40-to-50 mph wind gusts whipped flames down a canyon toward the city. His name hasn't been released. More than a dozen other people were treated for minor smoke inhalation and other fire-related complaints.
At the peak of the threat, an evacuation order was issued for much of northwest McCook, including the grade school...whose students and staff went to either McCook High School several blocks to the south or to the local YMCA, also in the area of the high school.
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