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Rural Nebraska Fire Chief Dies in Crash on Way to Wildfire

This undated photo provided by the Nebraska State Patrol shows a wildfire in southern Nebraska fueled by dry conditions and strong winds that forced evacuation of the small village of Edison and a rural fire chief was killed in a crash while he was responding to the blaze. The Nebraska State Patrol called for a mandatory evacuation Thursday, April 7, 2022 of the Furnas County community of about 130 people about 187 miles southwest of Lincoln. (Nebraska State Patrol via AP)
This undated photo provided by the Nebraska State Patrol shows a wildfire in southern Nebraska fueled by dry conditions and strong winds that forced evacuation of the small village of Edison and a rural fire chief was killed in a crash while he was responding to the blaze. The Nebraska State Patrol called for a mandatory evacuation Thursday, April 7, 2022 of the Furnas County community of about 130 people about 187 miles southwest of Lincoln. (Nebraska State Patrol via AP)
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Edison, Neb. (AP) -- A wildfire in southern Nebraska fueled by dry conditions and strong winds forced the evacuation of the small village of Edison, destroyed several homes and factored into the death of a rural fire chief who was killed in a crash while responding to the blaze.

The Nebraska State Patrol called for a mandatory evacuation Thursday night of the Furnas County community of about 130 people about 187 miles (301 kilometers) southwest of Lincoln.