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An incident report says the Wellnitz fire burning north of Rushville is 74-percent contained. Three fires in that two-state area have burned nearly 260 square miles.

All evacuations in those areas have been lifted. Two of those three fires, the West Ash Fire and the Douthit Fire fire are now also about 75-percent contained..

Both fires are burning near Crawford, Nebraska.

Beth Hermanson, the lead public information officer on the fires joined us by phone on 9NEWS at 4:30 a.m. to talk about progress on the firefighting effort and some of the air quality issues.