Officials with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency say the Post Fire grew to 4,997acres during the day Friday.
Fire managers are continuing to guide the response to the large fire southwest of
Crawford, as local, state and federal resources working together to combat
dry weather conditions, high wind challenges, as well as an anticipated red flag
warning reported for Saturday.
The 7 p.m. update indicated 102 personnel were on scene, with the fire at zero containment.
Additional air assets have been ordered to assist with suppression efforts beginning tomorrow morning. “Air support has dropped retardant to stop the spread of the fires. Several flights, or sorties, have been flown by single engine air tankers (SEATs) from bases operated by the Nebraska Forest Service out of Scottsbluff and Chadron,” said Ben Bohall with the Nebraska Forest Service.
Local law enforcement is doing pre-evacuation warnings from 4 Mile Road,
north to Paddock Street in Crawford. Emergency plans are in place to assist
with evacuations if necessary.
Burnout operations were successful for ground crews, a suppression tactic used
to stop fire spread. Resources from across the state are scheduled to provide
assistance throughout the next two operational periods.
Motorists are advised to take extra caution when traveling on Highway 20, between Crawford and Fort Robinson. Limited visibility, as well as increased fire engine traffic should be expected.