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Nebraska wildfire burns over 50,000 acres

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Firefighters work through the night early Tuesday July 24, at the Fairfield Creek fire near Springview, Neb. The sprawling fire, sparked Friday by lightning, had charred at least 50,000 acres by Monday morning and it wasn't clear how much of the fire had been contained.

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Firefighters plan an attack early Tuesday July 24, at the Fairfield Creek fire near Springview, Neb. The sprawling fire, sparked Friday by lightning, had charred at least 50,000 acres by Monday morning and it wasn't clear how much of the fire had been contained.

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A plane drops fire retardant Monday July 23, at the Fairfield Creek fire near Springview, Neb. The sprawling fire, sparked Friday by lightning, had charred at least 50,000 acres by Monday morning and it wasn't clear how much of the fire had been contained.

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A Nebraska National Guard helicopter flies to drop water Monday July 23, at the Fairfield Creek fire near Springview, Neb. The sprawling fire, sparked Friday by lightning, had charred at least 50,000 acres by Monday morning and it wasn't clear how much of the fire had been contained.

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Dick Callfield uses a cell phone on horseback while trying to get some cattle moved to a clear pasture Monday July 23, at the Fairfield Creek fire near Springview, Neb. The sprawling fire, sparked Friday by lightning, had charred at least 50,000 acres by Monday morning and it wasn't clear how much of the fire had been contained.

 From TheOmanaChannel.com : Officials said 50,000 acres are now black and burned out after lightning sparked a fire in the Niobrara Valley. Ten structures have been destroyed, 70 more are threatened and 30 mph wind gusts are only fueling the flames.

Volunteers from the community and 350 firefighters have worked day and night to combat the Fairfield Creek Fire."It's been nerve-wracking," said Johnstown Fire Dept. President Mark Johnson. "It's just hard to put into words, really, how we really feel. It's just never-ending; there's no stopping this." Continue reading this post here.