Current Nebraska Wildfire Activity/Risk Maps:
For immediate release - February 29, 2024: Resources available for producers affected by central Nebraska wildfires
- UNL Beef: Resources for producers impacted by wildfires - Visit https://beef.unl.edu/fire
- Valentine Fire and Betty's Way Fire, Lincoln and Custer Counties: Information on donation sites, requests for assistance form, program information, agency contacts.
- Fire recovery information and resources.
- CropWatch - UNL: Wildfire Resources for Ag Producers - https://cropwatch.unl.edu/tags/wildfire
- All-Hazards Resources: Wildfires
- Nebraska Forest Service Wildfire Risk Explorer
- Air Quality Data - AirNow.gov
About wildfires: Wildfires are naturally occurring phenomenon with some experts describing it as nature’s method of housekeeping, i.e., a way to dispose of dead brush, branches, limbs and logs. Wildfires occur around the globe, but certain ingredients such as fuel (vegetation) type, humidity, weather trends and topography make some geographic areas more fire-prone than others. People can also spark fires unintentionally through their activities. It is important to use caution, stay alert to weather conditions, and prepare for emergency notices during red flag watches and red flag warnings.
Use the categories below to find resources related to wildfire.
Nebraska Rural Response Hotline
Floods, fires, storms, drought, and other natural disasters can have devastating and long-lasting effects on farm and ranch operations. The Rural Response Hotline can refer you to resources during these difficult times. To learn more about about available services and resources, call 800-464-0258 or visit the Rural Response Hotline Website
Hay and Forage Hotline
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has opened a “Hay and Forage Hotline,” to connect buyers with sellers of hay, pasture and other types of forage. This Hotline service is available to all buyers and sellers for free. The Department is providing this information as it has been given to us; listing of individual names does not in any way constitute an endorsement of anyone or their respective product. The Hotline is merely designed to be a clearinghouse of information for producers in need.
The hotline number is 402-471-4876. Sellers of available hay and forage can contact this number and have their name, contact information, and inventory placed on the “Sellers List,” which is updated regularly. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture will then make the “Sellers List” available to buyers by mail or by this web site. Once buyers obtain this information they will be responsible for contacting the sellers directly to negotiate any transactions.