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UPDATE: Windy weather fuels wildfire flames in northeast Nebraska

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UPDATED 10:00 p.m. Friday, April 18

NEAR JACKSON, Neb. (KTIV) - Winds helped fuel and spread grass fires Friday night in Siouxland causing some tough conditions for rescue workers.

A big grassfire was still burning in Dakota County, Nebraska late into the evening.

Highway 20 was still closed at 9:45 p.m. a few miles west of Jackson all the way to the intersection with Highway 12.
 
Fire Crews shut down the highway after grassfire's limited visibility and flames began jumping across the highway causing more fires.
   
Crews were notified around 4:30 p.m. of fire spreading from logs and other things which spread to a building.

Pat Foust from Dakota County Emergency Services says, "We're in a high fire hazard area, the whole state is in fact. And once one starts with the wind and the drought, it's trouble."

At least nine different towns sent crews to help get the fire under control.

Some of those same firefighters were on the scene earlier Friday of another grass fire.
 
It burned several acres just south of Homer, Nebraska along Highway 77.
 
A control burn got out of control.


NEAR JACKSON, Neb. (KTIV) Authorities in Dakota County, Nebraska are shutting down the intersection of Highway 12 and 20, due to a grass fire.

This area is just west of Jackson and south of Ponca.

Authorities are asking that people avoid this area because there is zero visibility.

Again, authorities in Dakota County have shut down the area near the intersection of Highway 12 and 20 due to a grass fire.

We have a crew on the way and will bring us the very latest as it becomes available.



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