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Kearney grass fire closes I-80, evacuates homes

Posted March 23rd, 2009

See video footage of the grass fire south of Kearney Monday.

Hub Video by Cody Riedel, Kent Lutt and Todd Gottula

Click here for updates on the fire posted by Hub staff

Click here to view photos from Hub staff and reader-submitted photos from the grass fire

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Paul Wice
March 23rd, 2009 at 6:59 pm

thanks for the great video,esp.interviews w/tourists from out of state here to view cranes…your coverage is far better than 6 pm tv news video

March 23rd, 2009 at 7:17 pm

It was a real nasty day to be fighting a fire.
Anyone else notice the deer run across the Ft. Kearny Bike/Hike trail on this video? It’s at about the 2:05 mark.

karol cavanaugh
March 23rd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

News coverage is great! I couldn”t find better coverage. Thanks for the good Job! I saw the deer. We stay often at Fort Kearney there are many animals that stay there to!

Jacki Bell
March 23rd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Wow that is crazy! My husband is from the Minden area. We have a couple friends on the Minden fire squad so we were worried when we heard how intesnse the fire had gotten. I’m glad we are in New York but the information you’ve posted has kept us up to date thank you!

March 23rd, 2009 at 8:57 pm

spend $30 and get a monopod, count to 10, then change shots, think “Wide, tight, tight” to get a variety of video…fairly good use of nat sound…would’ve been better to end with a soundbite, focus on the people, use them to tell the story…good attempt, but honestly the raw, would’ve been better in this case…the voice track seemed to amateur-ish…Keep at it!

March 23rd, 2009 at 11:17 pm

The north bridge by the interstate on the fort kearny hike and bike trail is still on fire and is destoryed. I love that bridge. During the summer i swim by that bridge and idk where i am goign to swim now.

Keith Kosmicki
March 24th, 2009 at 6:44 am

WOW is Right! Hope all are safe.

Its usually good to hear about my hometown area and college town of Kearney; however, not the bad stuff.

My cousin is a firefighter out in that area and hope him and his fellow brothers of firemen/women are keeping everyone safe.

God Bless;

March 24th, 2009 at 7:19 am

nice work, khub.

March 24th, 2009 at 8:59 am

I was one of the many firefighters out there… The deer were crazy running in every direction. I will tell you it was a hopeless feeling sitting on the road back to the house where we knew people were!! The fire and smoke was just too much for us at that time to take any chance on getting back to them thankfully everyone was alright. By the time we did get back to them, fire was still at their back door. I hope that those families received little damage to their homes. We than were moved to the North edge of the fire in the NYC campgrounds. The fire was also raging and spinning into the air like a flaming tornado. The image that we did get pictures of out of our grass rig does NO justice for the times of shear madness that we were in at points in this huge and destructive fire storm!!!! Thanks for all that support our local volunteer fire departments without you we wouldn’t be out here! I was a long night for my crew but an even long night for those families that had to taken from them homes and didn’t know what they were coming back to… My prayers are still with all of them.

Smallz GVFD

March 24th, 2009 at 10:04 am

Really great video. Funny how in Scottsbluff we were dealing with a blizzard while you guys were battling a fire. Hope everyone is okay.

March 24th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

It real makes me feel good knowing that we here in central Nebraska have all these firefighter &EMT’s who drop what every they are doing to come & help others in their time of need in a moments notice. These men & women donate thousands of hours year after year to help their fellow man out, To me they are the greaters people on earth.

I hope their was no human loss of life. in this fire yesterday being out door was bad just from the dust let alone having to be in all that smoke, ash & the heat from the fire. …My prayer go out to all those who volunteered thier time yesterday.


Firefighter O'Connor
March 24th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

As I was on the first due truck (truck 23) out at that fire I wish to express my deep thanks to the men and women of the fire departments who helped us fight that fire (sorry there are too many too name each department). I was laughing with my wife shortly before we toned out (the first time..ha ha ha), that being my day off we’d get a grass fire and I would not be hanging out with her during the day. OK, enough ranting…THANK YOU EVERYONE, from myself and the members of the K.V.F.D
Sonny O’Connor

Keith Kosmicki
March 24th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Smallz and O’Connor;
Any chance my cousin Gary Mead was out there helping you guys?


Erin Dunagan
March 25th, 2009 at 9:25 am

Great job on the video guys…I can’t believe how quickly the fire grew. Definitely close to home.

Andy Snodgrass
March 26th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

My hat off to the fireman, that worked that fire. They send all there free time training to keep us out of trouble, I think if we had a pay department, We would not get this great service to all in this area, thank you all for be there every day,

Nancy Heng (Forney)
March 27th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Thanks to all of the firemen who helped protect the homes in the area and contain the fire. My father’s property was in grave danger that day. He passed away in Omaha that afternoon not knowing what had happened.

August 6th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

interesting stuff!

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