Several Crews Called to Wildfire Near Atlanta


Firefighters were battling winds Tuesday as they worked to knock down a fire on the northern edge of Atlanta.

Crews responded from Holdrege, Loomis, Bertrand and Oxford to contain the blaze.

Officials say about 600 acres burned before the fire was extinguished.

The cause of the blaze is still unknown, but it is believed that it could have been the result of a previous permit burn.

"It's not real likely we know right now what the cause is, butthe U.S. Fish and Wildlife did have a permit burn out here a couple weeks ago andit may have been a result from that," said Pat Gerdes, director of Region 15 Emergency Management. "The embers and everything have now kickedup because of these high winds. We've had multiple fires across south-central Nebraska today because of it."

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department was at the scene to check for hot spots.