Wildfire Incident Information
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Fire Status
Last Updated
12 mins, 15 secs ago
Fire Start
Friday, April 22, 2022 2:30 PM CDT
Incident #
Dispatch Notes
Contain: 05/01/22 1245
Primary Fire Agency

Nebraska Forest Service

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Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 2 weeks ago

Incident Photo for the Road 702 Fire

The Road 702 Fire began in Kansas on April 22, 2022 and grew in a relatively narrow strip to the north up to the Republican River in Nebraska, covering approximately 28 miles rapidly. Multiple communities were evacuated along the path of the wildfire. The Road 702 Fire is estimated to be 44,024 acres. Inactive fire edge is currently limiting fire spread but spotting potential is moderate, flareups or spot fires will spread with moderate rates of spread across all fuels. Firefighters will continue to secure existing firelines by mopping up and multiple helicopters are supporting the crews by providing water to cool hotspots. 


The Nebraska Type III Team will assume command of the Fire on Friday April 29, 2022. 
A "Thank You" from the Road 702 Fire - YouTube
Please view the Operations Briefing Video for April 28, 2022 at:  Road 702 Fire Operational Update for April 28, 2022 - YouTube
(Please note the date on the map in the video is incorrect.)

If you wish to view previous Operations Briefings, visit https://bit.ly/3kaKNf8

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Friday, April 22, 2022 2:30 PM CDT
8 Miles SW of Cambridge, NE
Incident Commander
Dan Dallas
Incident Description
40.174, -100.231

Current Situation

Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Fuels Involved
Fuels are primarily grass and agricultural lands. Fire has spread across harvested agricultural land readily with high rates of spread and prolific spotting due to blowing chaff and corn husks.
Significant Events
Fire spread potential is moderate. Inactive fire edge is currently limiting fire spread but spotting potential is moderate, and flareups or spot fires will spread with moderate rates of spread across all fuels. Potential for gusty outflow winds from evening thunderstorms could result in very high of spread.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Continue to reinforce established control lines, mop up in light fuels, secure timbered areas to reduce fire spread into adjacent lighter fuels, assess damage to infrastructure and private property. Continue to demob of excess resources.
Projected Incident Activity
Moderate rates of spread possible. Moderate spotting potential.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
Mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures were observed across the area today.

Increasing moisture ahead of a strong cold front resulted in higher minimum daytime relative humidity than previous days. Winds were generally light, with gusts into the afternoon around 15 to 20 mph. Isolated thunderstorms are possible late Thursday afternoon and evening, although precipitation will be spotty, at best.

A strong cold front will push through the region Friday afternoon, shifting winds from southeast to northwest. Winds will increase overnight Friday into Saturday, with gusts up to 50-60 mph possible by Saturday afternoon. A High Wind Watch has been issued for Saturday.
Widespread, beneficial precipitation is likely Friday along with a chance of thunderstorms, some of which may be severe Friday afternoon and evening. While widespread precipitation is likely, total precipitation amounts will be highly variable under any thunderstorm.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information
Email: 2022.nebraskaspring@firenet.gov
Phone: 402-327-1511
Hours: 8 am to 8 pm
Fire Unit Information
Nebraska Forest Service
Forestry Hall 1800 North 37th Street Lincoln Nebraska 68503
Lincoln, NE 68583

Dispatch Center Contact

Great Plains Interagency Dispatch Center (SD-GPC)

Rapid City, SD