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NW McCook evacuated in face of wind-whipped wildfire

NW McCook evacuated in face of wind-whipped wildfire
Courtesy/Nebraska State Patrol Troop D North Platte twitter page

McCook, Neb. — A wildfire packing wind-whipped flames led to the evacuation of northwest McCook on Tuesday. At least one home was destroyed. Sixteen people were treated at the local hospital for burns and smoke inhalation, but the severity of their injuries wasn’t immediately clear. The area evacuated north of Q Street and west of Norris Avenue included McCook Elementary School. The students were relocated to McCook High School and the local YMCA. Fire departments from several other towns in the area sent crews to help battle the grass fire.  The fire was brought until control late Tuesday.

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