Lancaster County fires under control after evacuation; at least 3 buildings destroyed

Lancaster County fires under control after evacuation; at least 3 buildings destroyed

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order for the southwestern part of the county Sunday afternoon as multiple fires raged.

The order was for an area south of Saltillo Road and west of Southwest 12th Street.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency also said those between 38th and 54th streets and Olive Creek Road and Apple Road should leave.

Around 8 p.m., the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said the fires were “under control and not spreading,” although firefighters were still working on the scene.

Residents are still unable to return to their homes and people are being urged to stay away from the area.

The Sheriff’s Office said two fires were reported in Lancaster County.

The first, which started south-west of the Firth, was contained by 6pm. No buildings are known to have been lost in that fire.

Another was reported near Southwest 86th Street and West Gage Road, along the Lancaster-Gage county line.

At least three buildings were destroyed in that fire, the sheriff’s office said.

As of 9 p.m., the fire was burning in a 5.8-square-mile area bounded by Apple Road, West Panama Road, Southwest 86th and Southwest 100th Streets, according to Emergency Management.

The city of Lincoln is not threatened at this time, authorities said.

The Nebraska State Patrol asked farmers in the area to turn on their axles to help fight the fire.

18 agencies responded to the fires, according to the Emergency Management.

One firefighter suffered serious injuries and another suffered minor injuries Sunday, the sheriff’s office said.

The National Weather Service is reporting winds of 30 mph and gusts near 50 mph.

Anyone displaced by the fire should go to Lincoln Southwest High School.

This is a developing story. Stick with Channel 8 for the latest.

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