Firefighters from six departments in northwest Douglas County battled a large machine shed fire early Wednesday near Valley.
Initially, the fire was reported in a large barn at 288th Street and Bennington Road about 4:10 a.m. Later, officials said the blaze started in a 45-foot-by-125-foot machine shed or outbuilding on the farm.
The blaze was declared under control after about one hour.
Fire crews saw smoke and flames when they arrived, and, minutes later, they shifted into a “complete defensive operation’’ because of the extent of the fire.
The departments used tanker trucks to shuttle water because the nearest fire hydrant was 2.5 miles away, Valley Fire Chief Aaron Ueckert said.
Fire crews prevented the blaze from spreading to a large propane tank nearby, he said.
Officials from the State Fire Marshal’s Office were investigating the fire, Ueckert said. No cause had been determined by midday.
Ueckert put damage to the shed and the farm implements and equipment in it at close to $1 million.
The firefighting units involved were from Omaha, Bennington, Arlington, Valley, Fremont rural and Valley.