Latest wildfire hits Western Nebraska as ranchers race to move cattle, quell blaze

Local ranchers are helping neighbors move cattle in the path of the latest wildfire to hit the drought-stricken Nebraska Sandhills.

The Nebraska Forrest Service says the Bovee Fire started in the Bessey Ranger District inside the Nebraska National Forrest in Thomas County on Sunday afternoon.

The NFS hadn’t confirmed the size of the wildfire as of Sunday evening.

According to the US Drought Monitor, the area is in exceptional drought and the National Weather Service reported winds in excess of 30 miles per hour and low humidity.

The village of Halsey and the campground inside the Nebraska National Forrest had been evacuated. A large portion of Highway 2 was closed, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

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