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Grass fire near Alliance is 100% contained after burning thousands of acres

After scorching more than 6,000 acres, the grass fire near Alliance, named the “Schiff Fire,” is now 100% contained, according to Alliance Fire Chief Troy Shoemaker.
Saturday, June 22nd 2024, 11:00 AM MDT
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Photo Courtesy: Sam Schumacher / Dalton Volunteer Fire Department
Photo Courtesy: Sam Schumacher / Dalton Volunteer Fire Department

ALLIANCE, Neb. (KNOP) - After scorching more than 6,000 acres, the grass fire near Alliance, named the “Schiff Fire,” is now 100% contained, according to Alliance Fire Chief Troy Shoemaker.

Shoemaker said in a Facebook post, the containment is a result of better mapping and aerial surveillance.

The fire started Wednesday morning and spread rapidly. His fire department was dispatched around 8:50 a.m. for the fire near County Road 82 and Perkins Road, about 20 miles southwest of Alliance.

The fire then crossed the Box Butte and Morrill County line at Road 140.

Multiple mutual aid resources were requested which included an aerial applicator out of Grant and a Heavy Air Tanker out of Grand Junction, Colorado.

There were also multiple fire departments from across the area.

The State Wildland Incident Response Assistance Team was on hand as well.

Chief Shoemaker said a disaster declaration was signed which allowed the use of state resources.

He said by Thursday afternoon a minimum of 6,576 acres burned.

Shoemaker said, many farmers and ranchers brought in water to help fight the fire.

On Thursday morning around 9:35 a.m., crews were dispatched again to fight the fire with a lot of the same assistance they had the night before, but by the afternoon it was 100% contained.

“We truly appreciate all the wonderful help and support that we have received, you are all truly appreciated,” Chief Shoemaker said.