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Dozens of firefighters join battles against fires that charred thousands of acres in Nebraska


ST. PAUL, Nebraska — Firefighters are working to extinguish a wildfire that already burned nearly 11 square miles of pastureland in central Nebraska.

The fire north of St. Paul had been mostly contained Wednesday, but it flared up Thursday and ignited some trees.

Howard County emergency manager Michelle Woiltalewicz two fire departments are battling the latest flare-up on the fire that began Monday. More than a dozen fire departments were involved Wednesday.

Woiltalewicz says the fire destroyed one abandoned home and barn, and it killed several cattle but it was unclear how many. One firefighter also sustained minor injuries.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Woiltalewicz says she hopes the snow falling in the area now will help firefighters contain the fire.

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