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Road 702 Fire

Unit Information

Nebraska Forest Service
Forestry Hall 1800 North 37th Street Lincoln Nebraska 68503
Lincoln, NE 68583

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Fire Information
Phone: 402-327-1511
Hours: 8 am to 8 pm

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04/28/2022 Road 702 Fire Update April 28, 2022 - 9 am
Road 702 Fire UpdateApril 28, 2022 - 9 am Rocky Mountain Complex Incident Management Team One   Dan Dallas, Incident Commander   Special Note:   The increase in acreage is due the inclusion..
News - 04/28/2022
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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

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday April 22nd, 2022 approx. 02:30 PM
Location8 Miles SW of Cambridge, NE
Incident CommanderDan Dallas
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates40.174 latitude, -100.231 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel190
Size44,024 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained97%
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 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.

Current Weather

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.

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