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Weather expected to help crews fighting wildfires

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Firefighters expect the weather to bring some relief today as a wildfire continues to burn near Ainsworth.

Mike Wight, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency's spokesman, says the wildfire in north-central Nebraska has grown.

The Fairfield Creek fire spread from 92 square miles to more than 104 square miles over night.

Wight says lighter winds and higher humidity today will definitely help.

Ranchers say they need the moisture and other forms of relief fast.

Burton, Nebraska resident Bruce Palmer says, "It's pretty tough because a lot of the guys are already short of grass for their cattle. Now, it's burned up. They don't have nothing. It's gonna be a real ... Trying to figure out what to do with them. There are a lot of cattle in the sale barn to get sold. So yeah, it's pretty frustrating and discouraging I suppose would be a better word."

Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith says he's ready to respond to any requests for federal assistance to help contain several wildfires in his vast, rural district.

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