Cause may never be known for Monday's South Platte River fire

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP-TV Fire crews watched for hot spots along the South Platte River throughout the early morning hours Tuesday. North Platte Fire officials say there were no flare ups. Dave Heitman says they may never know what started the fire.

Several fire departments battled a large vegetation fire along the South Platte River Monday evening. (Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)

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ORIGINAL STORY, MONDAY OCT. 14
A large vegetation fire required mutual aid Monday night after it ignited along the South Platte River.

It happened around 6 p.m. about a mile south of Bryan Avenue.

The smoke could be seen for about a mile.

Fire crews from North Platte, Hershey and Maxwell fire departments worked diligently to put out the flames.

Crews say river bottom fires are typically very difficult due to the amount of phragmites, which spread fires quickly.

The fire grew to about a quarter of a mile before it was finally contained.

"The fire will burn up clear to the top of the trees and the embers will blow out and start more fires, so we're in the process of taking down some trees to try and take care of that problem," said North Platte Fire Department Battalion Chief Dave Heitman.

No word on the exact cause of the fire. However, crews will remain on scene throughout the night to monitor hot spots.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross are also on scene providing food and snacks to crews.