High winds push Council Bluffs brush fire smoke into Omaha

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A brush fire in Council Bluffs, Iowa has spread smoke into Omaha, Nebraska and caught some trees on fire near Veterans Memorial Highway. The Veterans Memorial Bridge has been shut down due to low visibility from the smoke, but city officials hope to reopen it by Saturday evening. The Council Bluffs Fire Department has reminded the public that the city is under a burn ban, and both cities are under a wind advisory as winds are reaching up to 50 mph.


Brush Fire in Council Bluffs Sends Smoke into Omaha

A brush fire in Council Bluffs has led to smoke enveloping Omaha. The fire, which started on Friday night near Veterans Memorial Highway, also ignited several trees. The excessive smoke has led to the closure of the Veterans Memorial Bridge due to reduced visibility. City officials anticipate reopening the bridge by Saturday evening. The latest updates from KETV NewsWatch 7 show images of the area from their skycam.

Due to winds reaching 50 mph, a wind advisory is in effect for both Council Bluffs and Omaha, exacerbating the spread of smoke into the Omaha area. The Council Bluffs Fire Department wants to alert the public that a burn ban is currently in place across the city. Stay tuned to KETV NewsWatch 7 for real-time updates.

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