LINCOLN -- A carelessly discarded cigarette is likely being blamed for starting a grass fire late Monday morning on the north side of Salt Creek east of 27th Street. Part of the challenge of getting to the fire was finding out exactly where it was according to Assistant Fire Chief Pat Borer. He told KFOR News at the scene part of the challenge for firefighters was getting a truck to fight the fire, since their 4X4 grass rig broke down Sunday. Fire crews from Raymond, Southwest Rural, Southeast Rural and the Air National Guard came in to help Lincoln Firefighters battle the blaze. Borer says a transient he spoke with said he was part of the former Occupy Lincoln movement and when they were told to leave Centennial Mall, they moved to the north side of the creek. Flames were contained and put out before it reached the campsite. No one was hurt.
Smoke rises from hot spots left behind from a grass fire Monday morning on the north side of Salt Creek east of 27th Street. (Jeff Motz/KFOR News)