Road 702 Fire Update -- Thursday, April 28

RELEASE DATE: Apr 28, 2022

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Thursday  9 am

Rocky Mountain Complex Incident Management Team One

Dan Dallas, Incident Commander

Special Note: 

The increase in acreage is due the inclusion of unburned interior islands being absorbed within the fire perimeter.  Fires typically don’t burn 100% of all vegetation within a perimeter and unburned areas frequently exist.  These unburned pockets will vary in number and size and are not easily excluded when mapping a fire so it is standard practice to just create the outermost boundary to show the fire footprint. 

Today the Nebraska Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT3) will shadow the Rocky Mountain Complex Incident Management Team 1(CIMT1) as it prepares to assume command of the Road 702 Fire.  Management of the fire will transition to the IMT3 on Friday at 7 am.  The CIMT3 will be demobilized and will return home to reset for a few days before going back on call early next week.  Many of the members of the IMT3 have been working along with the CIMT1 so a smooth transition is expected.  This will be the last fire update from the Rocky Mountain CIMT1.

Road 702 Current Situation:

Night shift, consisting of four engines and a division supervisor, patrolled the fire area mopping up any hotspots that posed a threat to the line.  In addition, the night shift has been responding to 911 calls of smoke and flame within the fire area.

There are two areas of uncontrolled fire edge in Branches I and III.  Both areas are just south of US-6 along the Republican River.  Firefighters will focus on these areas and will continue to secure the fireline and mop up to work towards full containment of the fire.  In addition, firefighters will continue to patrol and mop up all portions of the fireline that have been previously contained to further secure the fire perimeter in those areas. 

Evacuations and Fire Restrictions: There are currently no evacuations on the Road 702 Fire. For information on fire restrictions in Nebraska, please visit

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Extended Weather Outlook:  Warm and breezy today, although increased moisture will yield higher daytime relative humidity.  There is slight chance of thunderstorms by early evening and again early Friday morning as a low pressure system develops over the area. Chances increase for a wetting rain across the fire area Friday into Friday night, although highest precipitation amounts will remain north and east. Given the threat of thunderstorms, precipitation is likely to be highly variable from the fire area southward. Winds will shift northwesterly Friday afternoon behind the front and will increase through the night with gusts up to 40-50 mph likely through Saturday.

Road 702 Fire Statistics:

Size: 43,582 acres

Containment: 88%

Total Personnel: 221

Location: Red Willow, Furnas and Frontier Counties (NE); and Phillips and Norton Counties (KS)

Reported: April 22, 2022


    For More Information on Road 702 Fire:

Fire Information Phone: 402-327-1511

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