Sweeping wildfires across Nebraska killed a retired fire chief and injured 15 firefighters said the authorities. The wildfires have been sweeping across the state because of severe gusty winds.

The authorities revealed that the person who passed away on Friday night was a retired fire chief hailing from Cambridge who was working together with the firefighters in the area of Red Willow County to combat the growing wildfire.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency’s Alyssa Sanders stated that John P. Trumble who was 66-year-old belongs to Arapahoe was engulfed in flames and smoke after his car broke down on the side of the road because of zero visibility as a result of heavy dust and smoke.

His body was recovered in the early hours of Saturday.

Sanders also stated that as many as 15 firefighters have been injured while combating the wildfires and battling with the fire blaze in different regions of Nebraska.

The state agency did not reveal the extent of the injuries but said that five of these injured firefighters were severely injured by the same fire that took the life of the ex-fire chief.

14 different counties have reported fire blazes since Friday, including Burt, Dundy, Butler, Perkins, Cheyenne, Scott Bluff, Blaine, Duele, Brown, Thomas, and Cherry Counties.

State agency declared that fires were reported from other counties as well but either they were too small or were timely contained and extinguished by Sunday.

The estimated area destroyed by the blaze or the number of structures or homes destroyed by the fire has not been officially declared by the state agency.

Alyssa Sanders stated that a lot of small towns were forcefully evacuated temporarily because of the sweeping wildfires. These towns included Bartlet, Cambridge, Wilsonville, and Indianola. The orders of evacuation were ultimately lifted on Saturday after the situation was under control.

The Nebraska National Guard also deployed many trucks and three helicopters to assist in the battle against the fire.