Ash Creek Fire 60% contained

Chadron and Crawford – Ash Creek Fire is 60% contained this evening thanks to cooler temperatures, higher humidity and a full, hard day of improving and securing fire lines by the 180 fire crew members remaining on-site.  The fire was mapped from aircraft today and is approximately 2,000 acres, including about 100 acres on private property.

“Last night’s precipitation followed by today’s improved conditions allowed us to make significant headway on this fire,” said Steve Lenzo, Deputy Forest Supervisor for the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands.  “The Type 2 Incident Management Team arrived and is engaging with the current Incident Commander and other emergency response partners.  Because of decreased fire activity, we will not transition management, but specialized teams will remain to help as needed, or may be reassigned anywhere throughout the country.  While staged here, the type 2 Incident Management Team will assist with initial attack on new fires,” Lenzo said.  

Karl Dailey, Dawes County Sheriff said incoming specialty teams have already offered valuable assistance on two fires on private property, the Isham and the Belmont fires.  “It’s positive for folks to see that these teams do not just roll out of town when fire is out on federal lands.  Their specialized help and assets are greatly appreciated,” said Dailey.

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