Controlled burns cause field fires in Pierce County, Nebraska
Mother nature will be giving us a break from gusty winds today, however the past two days led to Red Flag Fire Warnings across much of Siouxland. Two controlled burns combined with gusty winds led to two field fires in Pierce County Nebraska earlier this week. The fires happened Monday evening, when the winds were blowing at more than 35 miles per hour. One of the fires was reported just west of Hadar, Nebraska while another much larger one was reported south of Pierce two hours later. Fire officials say that blaze, fanned by the wind, swelled to about a mile long and about 1/8 of a mile wide before it was controlled. Around 60 firefighters from five departments help to fight the burning field. Damage amounts are unknown at this point, but a farm wagon and corn bin were destroyed . While winds will be down today, weather officials say if they pick up again, conditions will be right for more fires that could start easily because of low humidity.