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  • November 10, 2022

    One of the essential parts of emergency management is preparedness and that is exactly what state and county emergency managers across the state will be promoting on Thursday, Nov. 10 as part of  Nebraska Winter Weather Awareness Day.

  • September 16, 2022

    Rain Overnight Aids in Combating Smokey Fire in Panhandle

    Banner County, Neb.  —  Incident command staff at the Smokey Fire, about 15 miles southeast of Gering, are optimistic following an evening rain across the entire fire. The overnight relative humidity was 90 percent all night, which is favorable for slowing fire spread. Higher humidity keeps vegetation from rapidly drying out, and dry vegetation can intensify a blaze. 

  • September 15, 2022

    Banner County, Neb.  —  Incident Commander Tim Grubbs, fire chief for the Banner County Volunteer Fire Department, said crews are making progress on monitoring, maintaining and containing the fire within its current footprint.

  • September 14, 2022


    Banner County, Neb.  —  Erratic winds and a temperature inversion trapping smoke near the ground, are some of the obstacles facing firefighters in the 3,700-acre Smokey Fire in Western Nebraska.

    Incident Commander Tim Grubbs, fire chief for the Banner County volunteer fire department, said he is concerned for potential erratic fire behavior that could occur when the inversion lifts. 

  • September 06, 2022

    The August issue of The Beacon is now online.