National Guard Surveys Fire-Scorched Land in Southern Nebraska

A wildfire in south-central Nebraska burned more than 64 square miles 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.

Video from the Nebraska National Guard shows a helicopter performing a water drop near Cambridge on Sunday. Footage also shows burned land between Cambridge and Bartley, according to the state National Guard.

As of April 25, the fire was estimated to be 41,155 acres in size. Credit: Nebraska National Guard via Storyful

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