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Volunteers assist firefighters in Springview, NE

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Wildfires in north central Nebraska have burned a total of 66,000 acres with a total of three separate wildfires.

Nothing but charred fields remain, thousands of acres burned and thousands still burning near Fairfield Creek, Wentworth and Hall - all part of Keya Paha County, Nebraska.

Only a few dozen people have been evacuated, including the unincorporated town of Norden, NE where homes were destroyed.

"We need to pray for rain, that's about all we cando. Pray the lord to send us some rain," Bruce Palmer said.

Palmer is one of hundreds watching and waiting to see what the fire does.

"We have this fire headed this way, that fire headedthat way. Trying to figure out how to help the neighbors get their cattle outof the way. It's been interesting to say the least," Palmer said.

As many have seen, this blaze knows no boundaries.

Just a few miles away, in Springview, dozens of volunteers have organized a relief center.

A place for firefighters and all emergency responders can stop for a break.

Everything from water, shelter, showers, cots, food and medicine are available, for free, to those who need it.

"The outpouring of support from strangers. With noconnection to the area, to the people. They feel the need to give," Amy Johnson. "How do you thank all of them, that's the biggestthing. You pay it forward."

Dozens of agencies are helping with these wildfires, including more than 100 firefighters.

Volunteers traveled to Springview from across Nebraska.

They plan to stay through the night and as long as they're needed.

Stay with KSFY News on-air and online as we continue to bring you the latest from Nebraska.

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