Wind driven fire races halfway across county

Inferno rips through Nuckolls County


October 27, 2022

There is not much left in this pasture after a fast moving fire sweep through it Sunday afternoon. This photograph was provided by Neil Thomsen. For many years, he and his wife, Barb, lived at the south edge of Highway 136 west near the intersection of Road 3100. The fire was reported early Sunday afternoon in a grader ditch 3.5 miles directly south and was pushed north by 50 mile per hours winds.

The ominous signs were there Sunday. The National Weather Service had issued a Red Flag warning for the area. This warning is posted when warm temperatures, low humidity, dried fuel and strong winds are expected across an area. This was the case across Nuckolls and adjoining counties.

The first hint of trouble hit the air when the warning sirens in Superior wavered up and down to call the Superior Volunteer Fire Department members to the Public Safety Building.

The first fire call came in at 12:34 p.m. according to Scott Nondorf, Superior fire chief.

The fire was reported to have started at Ro...

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