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.