Nancy's Almanac, Jan. 7: A perfect year for wildfires
The West Ash Creek fire burns out of control as the West Ash Creek and Douthit fires burn near Crawford, Neb., in September 2012.
Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013 12:00 am
Daily weather conditions in Nebraska last summer worsened fire conditions created by the drought, turning the hot, dry summer into a combustible one.
Jessica Brooks and Chris Buttler, meteorologists at the North Platte office of the National Weather Service, said hotter than normal temperatures, stronger than normal winds, unusually low humidity and prematurely cured grasses fueled the explosive fires.
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Monday, January 7, 2013 12:00 am.