A wildfire in north-central Nebraska that was sparked after lightning struck several times has burned around 150 square miles.
The town of Norden, which only has around six homes, was evacuated due to the fire. Houses and other buildings were destroyed in the blaze, reported Reuters.
“The majority is private land and … the majority of it’s all forest,” regional emergency manager Doug Fox told the Lincoln Journal Star.
Visiting the region on Sunday, Gov. Dave Heineman said that Nebraska will “be sending three Blackhawk helicopters equipped with bambi buckets to assist in putting out the fire,” reported KHAS-TV. “I’m sending between 30 to 35 National Guard personnel to support local firefighters.”
Fox said that hundreds of firefighters are on the way to relieve hundreds of volunteers fighting the blaze.
“They’re getting tired because we’ve being going at this a while,” Fox told the Journal Star. “We did get a little sleep last night.”