Fast-moving wildfires now under control, evacuations lifted in Pawnee County

Posted at 7:33 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 09:51:44-04

Fire officials worked through the night to help contain a large cluster of wildfires in Southern Pawnee County.

Tuesday morning, officials said fires remain in small patches of timber, but crews are keeping a close eye on them.

Fire crews worked for hours setting back burns overnight to stop the spread of flames.

500 acres of rural land was scorched near the town of Jennings.

Pawnee County Emergency Management Director Mark Randell said 20 crews battled the flames about 1 to 2 miles east of Jennings.

"There are three separate fires,"Randell said. "These fires burned hot and burned fast."

As many as 50 homes were evacuated Monday evening when the fire reached an area along 5800 Road.

The city set up a temporary shelter at its senior center for evacuees.

Everyone was allowed to return home Monday night.

No injures were reported and no structures were damaged, Randell said.

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