Update: Controlled Burn Rekindles into Large Grass Fire in Howard County



Crews were working Thursday afternoon to control a grass fire in canyons east of Cotesfield.

High winds were not helping the situation. The National Weather Service in Hastings recorded gusts up to 54 miles an hour in the area where firefighters were working.

The Elba Fire Department received help from five other departments: Scotia, Farwell, North Loup, St. Paul and Boelus.

Elba Fire Chief Randy Faaborg says it was a controlled burn that was conducted earlier in the day that rekindled.

With all the hills and draws, there was no estimate on the number of acres involved, and conditions didn't make things easy for firefighters.

"The terrain – there's a lot of canyons here, a lot of cedar trees and it got down in there where there was no way to go in there and actually extinguish the fire," says Faaborg. "Fire will travel faster than you can drive even to catch up with it."

The fire did get near some homes in the area, but farmers were discing to try and keep it at bay.

Faaborg expected to stay on the scene well into the evening to watch for hotspots.