UPDATE: Benkelman evacuation order canceled

UPDATE: Benkelman evacuation order canceled

Update 7:30 A.M.:

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE
DUNDY COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGER
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
730 AM MST FRI JAN 15 2021

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE DUNDY
COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGER.

...THE EVACUATION ORDER FOR BENKELMAN NEBRASKA HAS BEEN CANCELED...

THE EMERGENCY MANAGER FOR DUNDY COUNTY HAS LIFTED THE EVACUATION
ORDER FOR BENKELMAN NEBRASKA.

PLEASE AVOID TRAVEL AROUND HIGHWAY 34 NEAR BENKELMAN IF POSSIBLE
TODAY. FIRE CREWS MAY STILL BE ON SCENE.

PLEASE CONTACT LAW ENFORCEMENT IF ANY FIRES ARE NOTICED TODAY.

6:30 A.M.

A SHELTER HAS BEEN ACTIVATED IN STRATTON, NEBRASKA AT THE VETERANS
MEMORIAL HALL. THE ADDRESS IS 501 BAILEY STREET.

Civil Emergency Message

NEC057-151415-

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE
DUNDY COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
406 AM MST FRI JAN 15 2021

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE DUNDY
COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

...AN IMMEDIATE EVACUATION ORDER IS IN EFFECT FOR BENKELMAN
NEBRASKA...

A WILDFIRE IS MOVING SOUTHEAST TOWARD BENKELMAN AT THIS TIME.
RESIDENTS OF BENKELMAN NEED TO EVACUATE THE TOWN IMMEDIATELY,
DRIVING TO THE EAST OR WEST OF TOWN TO AVOID THE FIRE. SMOKE FROM
THE FIRE HAS CAUSED VISIBILITY TO BE NEAR ZERO IN SPOTS.

DO NOT DRIVE ON HIGHWAY 34 TOWARD BENKELMAN. ANY ADDITIONAL
TRAFFIC WILL HAMPER EFFORTS TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE AND HINDER
EVACUATION EFFORTS.

ANYONE NEEDING MEDICAL CARE IS INSTRUCTED TO GO TO THE HOSPITALS
IN EITHER WRAY, COLORADO OR IMPERIAL, NEBRASKA.

ADDITIONAL UPDATES WILL BE ISSUED AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.