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Dawes County Fire Burns 1,800 Acres

A wind-driven wildfire in Dawes County east of the village of Whitney burned nearly 1,800 acres of grassland Tuesday while firefighters from five volunteer fire departments, the U.S. Forest Service and two single engine air tankers (SEAT) worked to extinguish the blaze.

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency authorized use of the SEAT to fight what is being called the Lone Tree Fire at the request of Region 23 Emergency Management Director Nan Gould. Due to the size and speed of the fire, the SEAT out of Hot Springs, S.D. was also requested.

Acting Gov. Mike Foley signed an emergency declaration to pay for disaster response out of the Governor’s emergency fund. Gov. Pete Ricketts is out of the country on a trade mission to Japan.

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is Oct. 15

No community is immune from natural disasters, and earthquakes are just one of the hazards Nebraskans could face. With that in mind, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is encouraging participation in the Great ShakeOut, a worldwide earthquake drill, Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m.

“Although earthquakes are rare in Nebraska, they are still a potential risk and are one of the natural disasters that we plan for here at NEMA,” said Bryan Tuma, assistant director. “For the Great ShakeOut, take a minute out of your day to drop, cover and hold on, and think about what you would do during an actual earthquake.”