Carter Canyon Wildfire Grows as Containment Reaches 33 Percent

Officials say the Carter Canyon Wildfire burning southwest of Gering has grown to 15,591 acres as of Monday afternoon, with containment at 33 percent, and no known additional loss of structures inside the fire lines.

Public Information Officer Ben Bohall tells KNEB News that the number of homes destroyed and damaged remains at three and seven, respectively, with no reported injuries among area residents or firefighters.

Bohall says the number of fire departments sending crews had reached 35 with approximately 200 firefighters coming from across Nebraska and parts of Wyoming and South Dakota.

He said once again, a heavy use of aerial assets have been brought to bear due to the topography of the area, plus dry, hot and windy conditions with low humidity that have made the firefight even more difficult, with flames down deep in steep canyons.

Two Small Engine Air Tankers from the Nebraska Forest Service, three Large Air Tankers and a UH-60 helicopter with water bucket were brought to the fight Monday, with additional aerial assets in play to help observe fire behavior and coordinate efforts to stop the progress of the flames.

Gering Rural Fire Chief Nathan Flowers earlier Monday told KNEB News full containment and control of the blaze could take until Aug. 8, which Bohall explained could take even longer, depending on fire weather in the area and any progress in containment and control over the course of the coming days.

Monetary donations for victims and related relief efforts can be made through links available on the KNEB website.

Source: Nebraska Regional News

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