Wildfires tear across several states, driven by high winds

Nebraska Wildfires
Posted at 2:49 PM, Apr 25, 2022

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Firefighters across the country have been battling growing wildfires as tinder-dry conditions and high winds whip up flames from Arizona to Florida.

That includes a wildfire in rural southwestern Nebraska that officials say has killed one person, injured at least 15 firefighters and destroyed at least six homes.

Nearly a dozen new large fires were reported over the weekend across the nation — four in New Mexico, three in Colorado and one each in Florida, Nebraska, South Dakota and Texas.

With more than 1,350 square miles burned so far this year, officials at the National Interagency Fire Center said the amount of land singed so far is outpacing the 10-year average by about 30%.