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Firefighters making progress in Nebraska

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In and around the Springview, Nebraska area, firefighters got exactly what they needed and hoped for: rain.

While it wasn't much, they say anything helps. And that certainly speaks volumes about the progress crews made Wednesday on the fires.

Authorities with the Springview Fire Department say they have two of three fires pretty much contained.

For all three fires in North Central Nebraska, which as formally been called the District 24 Complex, there are agencies represented from across the country. Many of them will be here until the entire thing is contained.

Crews are using all their resources, by land and air, to knock down what's left. They're taking advantage of Mother Nature and what was given to them, Wednesday: less wind, less heat and some rain.

Compared to the past several days, since the fires started, a little change has made a world of difference for everyone.

"It's so much more comfortable. When you have 10 to 15 degree break, you don't consume nearly as much water, don't sweat nearly as much. It's not defeating internally," Grant Fire Chief Don Softley said.

Officials say if Mother Nature cooperates, and the fires do the same, firefighters could have the fire knocked down completely by this weekend.

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