Fairfield Creek Fire Update FeaturedWritten by Jacqueline Skarda
65,000 acres are estimated to be the toll of the fire in North Central Nebraska.
That number is double the amount from earlier today.
The fire started Friday morning near Johnstown.
It quickly spread north to the Niobrara River, where it continued spreading north to Highway 12.
Firefighters from dozens of departments were fighting the blaze, including crews from North Platte and surrounding towns.
Ainsworth Fire Chief Brad Fiala says two firefighters from Springview were injured when they were ejected from their truck while fighting the blaze.
They were released from Cherry County hospital and are now home.
Other firefighters have been treated for heat stress.
A Blackhawk helicopter and slurry tanker are aiding in the fire by dousing flames from above.
The fire damaged and destroyed several structures in the small town of Norden.
Officials have already evacuated the small village of Meadville.
Governor Dave Heineman toured the area earlier today and says he's going to request federal and National Guard assistance.
The Red Cross is providing shelter for those affected by the fires at Ainsworth Community Schools.
Canyons, wind, heat and dry conditions continue to be factors in the spread of the fire.
Fiala says firefighters continue to work on fire breaks.
As of Saturday night, the fire was 0% contained.