Grass Fire Nebraska
Plumes of smoke rise from the Fairfield Creek fire near Springview, Neb., Tuesday, July 24.
- Nelson calls on House to pass fire, drought relief
OMAHA (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson is calling on the House of Representatives to pass the federal farm bill, which contains wildfire and drought aid.
Nelson, Nebraska's lone congressional Democrat, accused the House of playing politics by delaying debate on the bill as farmers and ranchers struggle through record drought. Nebraska and other states have also struggling to control wildfires in tinder-dry conditions.
Nelson says the farm bill includes provisions for financial relief for those suffering from drought and wildfires and would give "Nebraskans a bit of breathing room against natural disasters that often strike without warning."
- Fire Victim Fund
- Online donations through PayPal can be made at the Facebook page of the North Central Development Center: facebook.com/northcentraldevelopment.
- Checks can be sent to North Central Development Center, 335 N. Main St., Ainsworth, NE 69210. Donors are asked to note on their contribution that the money is for the Fire Relief Fund.
Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 7:16 am
OMAHA (AP) — After days of scorching heat and strong winds, Mother Nature lent firefighters a helping hand Wednesday in battling three north-central Nebraska wildfires burning along the scenic Niobrara River.
An overnight cold front made the temperatures drop, humidity increase and winds die down in the area, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency spokesman Mike Wight said.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012 7:16 am.