Roads open again after weekend fire at Lake McConaughy

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KEYSTONE, Neb. (KNOP) -- Fire crews are still scanning areas for hot spots. Large sections of land along the highway are burnt and you can see smoke rise from the ashes.

Reporter Eddie Dowd says homeowners are back on their properties assessing damage.

Donation bins are being placed around the Keystone community to help those who lost property.

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ORIGINAL STORY: March 19, 2017
A fire at Lake McConaughy caused people to evacuate the area around Yacht Club Estates on Ogallala Beach Road on Friday.

"We responded to a grass fire approximity at 1:30pm (On Friday) The location was about two miles north of Ogallala," said Ken Knoepfel, the president of the Ogallala Fire Department.

The fire consumed between 1,200 - 1,500 acres of land and damaged one home, according to the Ogallala Fire Department. There were no reported injuries.

The Keith County Sheriff's Office said the area has now been reopened.

Officials said 15 departments were called to assist in extinguishing the fire, with 80 personal on scene. Most crews in the area were volunteers. They arrived on scene around 1:30pm and it took about seven hours to put the fire out.

"At first I didn't see smoke at all and I was looking out the kitchen and I saw a truck pull in," said Donna Bell, who was visiting her brother-in-law at the time and witnessed the scene. "Being that I'm not from around here, I had no idea where all the trucks where coming but what great teamwork."

The Keith County Sheriff's Office said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.