Area fire departments were called Monday afternoon to a report of a grass fire northwest of Bassett heading toward canyon country near the Niobrara River.
According to Bassett Fire Chief Jim Stout, at 2:45 p.m., a fire was reported 10 miles northwest of Bassett on the Red Cedar Ranch. Stout said a swather hit a chunk of steel, and sparks from that contact ignited the grass.
The Ainsworth, Long Pine, Springview and Newport volunteer fire departments were paged for mutual aid assistance. Stout said the Bassett and Newport departments got the fire stopped approximately 20 feet before it hit a grove of cedar trees and entered a canyon.
The Ainsworth, Long Pine and Springview departments were turned back to their fire halls while in route.
Stout said approximately 3 to 4 acres of grass burned. Firefighters returned to their respective fire halls by 5:30 p.m.
“It is definitely getting dangerously dry out there,” Stout said.
The Bassett Fire Department will not issue any burn permits until conditions improve. Stout requested anyone in Rock County planning a larger fireworks display contact the Bassett Volunteer Fire Department first.

From KBRB Radio