Fire Crews Kept Busy Fighting Many Grass, Brush Fires Sunday Afternoon

FOX 42 Reporter Melina Matthes says heavy wind changing direction are making this fire near 120th and Giles tough to put out.

OMAHA (KPTM) - Firefighters were busy putting out brush and grass fires all Sunday afternoon.

A fire started some time between 3:30 and 4pm at a farm field less than a mile from a La Vista neighborhood.

The smoke from the fire that started northeast of 120th and Cornhusker Road could be seen around the city. It took firefighters from Omaha and Papillion more than 2 hours to put it out.

At one point, the fire threatened to spread to a neighborhood just south of 108th and Giles and an industrial park just to the west of that.

A large grassfire about a mile north of Ashland kept many rural volunteer stations busy most of the afternoon.

The fire made driving difficult around the area with lots of heavy smoke spreading.

Several smaller fires were reported near Springfield and south of Papillion near the Platte River.

A couple of grass fires were also put out just outside Council Bluffs.

The Omaha Fire Department tells FOX 42 News that including the Cornhusker Road fire, it put out 6 grass fires Sunday.