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Buffalo Creek WMA closed as wildfire burns

LINCOLN, Neb. — Buffalo Creek Wildlife Management Area, located about 7 miles southeast of Gering in the rugged Wildcat Hills escarpment, has been closed because of a wildfire that is burning on the property.

Multiple fire crews, including air support, began battling the blaze early Sunday afternoon when high winds quickly pushed it to more than 400 acres.

Officials believe they have been able to evacuate all people from the property, which was getting heavy visitation on the opening weekend of firearm deer season. The fire’s cause is undetermined.

Members of the public are encouraged to stay away from the area, both for their own safety and to make it easier for crews to access the fire.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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