Two more fires erupted Sunday near Lake Maloney, just two days after firefighters extinguished two fires on the south end of the lake.
The worst fire Sunday burned about 120 acres, most cedar trees, west of the lake.
The trees caught on fire around 1 p.m. and the flames spread rapidly, North Platte Fire Department Battalion Chief Dennis Heitman said.
"It was fast moving," Heitman said. "The cedar trees just exploded."
The causes of the fires are still unknown.
The fire came close to two houses and two outbuildings, but didn't burn them. Firefighters wet down the yards as soon as they arrived and that evidently helped, Heitman said.
The fire spread from Prairie Zephyr Road to Henry Road and stayed west of Sail Ridge Road, which flanks the west side of the lake, Heitman said. Firefighters established a fire line west of the burn when they arrived by wetting down a strip of pasture between Prairie Zephyr and Henry roads.
Crews had the fire contained before 3 p.m. but remained until 6 p.m. or so, putting out hot spots, Heitman said.
Another fire broke out later in the evening five miles southeast of the Lake, near E. Kaneb Rd. and Old Highway 38.
That fire burned about 40 acres of wheat stubble and grassland, Heitman said, and was put out by 10 p.m.