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

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

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

The fire broke out Wednesday morning and spread quickly. Its firefighters were dispatched around 8:50 a.m. to the fire near County Road 82 and Perkins Road, about 20 miles southwest of Alliance.

The fire then crossed the Box Butte-Morrill County line on Highway 140.

Several mutual aid resources were requested, including an aerial applicator from Grant and a heavy air tanker from Grand Junction, Colorado.

Heavy Air Tankers were used in Colorado to fight wildfires in their state.

There were also several fire departments throughout the area.

The state's Wilderness Incident Response Assistance Team was also present.

Chief Shoemaker said a disaster declaration was signed, authorizing the use of state resources.

He said Thursday afternoon that at least 6,576 acres had burned.

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

On Thursday morning around 9:35 a.m., crews were again dispatched to fight the fire with the same assistance as the previous night, but by the afternoon the fire was 100% contained.

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

The Alliance Fire Department previously reported the fire burned 8,600 acres, but updated that number to 6,576 acres Friday.

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