Crews 'Stretched Thin' as Wildfires Hit Nebraska

A wildfire in south-central Nebraska grew to more than 41,000 acres by Monday, April 25, killing at least one person, a retired fire chief who was helping fight the fire, officials said.

The Road 702 Fire began on Friday, April 22, south of Cambridge, near the Nebraska border with Kansas.

Retired Cambridge Fire Chief John Trumble died while volunteering to assist firefighting efforts, according to the Red Willow County Attorney.

Oxford Firefighter Taylor Lueking said he filmed this footage on Road 702, south of Cambridge, on April 22.

“Our little area has lost over 82,000 acres in the last two weeks,” Lueking wrote on Facebook. “So to say that we are stretched thin and overwhelmed as a community is an understatement. It breaks my heart all the fear and devastation people in our area have had to deal with in the last few weeks.”

As of April 25, the fire was estimated to be 41,155 acres in size. Credit: Taylor Lueking/Oxford Fire and Rescue via Storyful

Video transcript

[FIRE BLAZING IN BACKGROUND]

- Shit. That ain't gonna be good for Facebook.

- [LAUGHING]

- Let's go to Snapchat. Not going on.

- [LAUGHING]

[FIRE BLAZING IN BACKGROUND]

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