Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

Wildfire Scorches Banner County

Firefighters Converge On Area As Reported 6,000 Acres Burn

Winds, rough terrain and hot dry weather contributed to the massive wildfire which started in Banner County and spread into Morrill County.

The fire started Thursday evening from a lightning strike and has produced smokey skies and nasty air quality for southern panhandle residents.

The fire, 23 miles northeast of Kimball, was about 95% contained Tuesday, according to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

Known as the Hackberry Wildfire in the southeast portion of Banner County, the fire was said to have consumed close to 6,000 acres of grassland and pasture as of Tuesday.

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