April 16, 1995 in Nation/World

Lightning Sparks Forest Fire

Compiled From Wire Services

A lightning fire fed by high winds burned about 10,000 acres across a 10-mile swath of federal forest.

Firefighters remained at the Nebraska National Forest early Saturday to work on hot spots.

“We’re getting a lot of wind again,” said Tony DeToy of the U.S. Forest Service. “There still could be some problems.”

The fire was believed to have been started by lightning Friday evening and carried by 40 mph winds. It was under control late Friday.

The 93,000-acre forest is about 65 miles north of North Platte in the central part of the state. About 1,000 acres of the burned area was on private land, the forest service said.

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