201 East Fire still burning, but downgraded

201 East Fire still burning, but downgraded
Courtesy/Rural Thomas County — 201 East Fire has burned 4,192 acres. Photo courtesy Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands Facebook page
May 24th, 2022 | Nebraska National Forest Service

Halsey, Neb. — The 201 East Fire at the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey remains at 4,192 acres and is now 80% contained. Firefighters worked Sunday to improve the fire line. Monday’s forecast called for cooler temperatures with the possibility of a wetting rain. For these reasons the fire has been downgraded from a Type 3 to a Type 4 incident and managed by local personnel. Some firefighters will remain to monitor and patrol the fire. Unnecessary firefighting resources were released over the last few days.

The fire area will remain closed; however, portions of the district are re-opened. The fire area closure is necessary to provide for public and firefighter safety as they manage and rehabilitate the fire area. Personnel are working along the closed roads and there are many hazards including fire-weakened trees that could fall without warning.

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