Firefighters battling Neb. fires face hot weather

By the Associated Press | July 24, 2012 | 3:35 PM EDT

SPARKS, Neb. (AP) — The firefighters battling wildfires in north-central Nebraska will again face temperatures above 100 degrees on Tuesday.

The hot temperatures and strong winds will make it difficult for the more than 300 firefighters to contain the fire in the Niobrara River valley.

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures will hit a high of 107 degrees on Tuesday in Valentine, which is about 20 miles west of the main wildfire.

A cold front is expected to move across the state Wednesday and provide some relief from high temperatures over 100 degrees, but the highs Wednesday will still be in the mid 90s.

The front may also bring some rain, but the National Weather Service says major storms aren't likely near the fire. Any storms could also bring lightning and spark new fires.