Like a red rubber ball…

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The sun is a big red ball in the sky lately. No, its not after effects of the eclipse, it’s due to the fact that there are massive wildfires burning in the western part of the United States According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) website, there are 77 large fires that have burned more than 1.4 million acres. Large fires burning north and west of us have contributed to the severe haziness we are experiencing here in Niobrara County.

These are the current statistics on the NIFC website as of September 4, 2017:

State Fires Acres


15 223,899

Idaho     6 95,286


26 662,105

Nevada     2 102,671


20 309,341


1 4,717


6 42,796


1 3,148

It’s too bad we can’t take the abundant flood waters from Texas and use it on these fires, as it would give all states involved some much needed relief.

Photo/Donna Hanson

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