Buffalo Creek Wildfire continues to burn in Western Nebraska

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says the Buffalo Creek Wildfire burning in Western Nebraska is now 40 percent contained.
Buffalo Creek Wildfire
Courtesy: Gering Fire Department

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says the Buffalo Creek Wildfire burning in Western Nebraska is now 40 percent contained.

The blaze started Sunday at the Buffalo Creek Wildlife Management Area and has burned an estimated 2,538 acres. The fire is about eight miles south of Gering and is burning mostly in Banner and Scotts Bluff Counties.

Crews from the surrounding area and Lincoln are continues to fight the fire as of Wednesday morning. Two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and nine Army National Guard soldiers departed from Lincoln to provide support in the form of water drops.

Unified Command has been established with Gering Fire Chief Nathan Flowers and Banner County Fire Chief Tim Grubbs, who are coordinating with Nebraska Game and Parks and the Wildland Incident Response and Assistance Team (WIRAT) which includes representatives of the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office and Nebraska Forestry Service.

“Rugged, inaccessible terrain and wind-driven runs have hampered firefighting efforts,” Flowers said. “Potential Red Flag warnings might continue to hamper suppression efforts.”

A Red Flag Warning is the official designation for increased fire weather danger, often comprised of warm temperatures, low humidity and strong winds.

Also from NEMA:

The fire has approached Wright’s Gap Road where firefighters are providing structure protection. Firefighters have created mechanical lines for containment and prepping areas where firefighters can successfully burn areas out. Area closures are in effect. Buffalo Creek Wildlife Management Area and Wright’s Gap Road are currently closed.

Donations of water, Gatorade, Gatorade zero, eye drops, ibuprofen, granola bars, individual chips, Chapstick would be appropriate for those interested in providing support. Firefighter Ministries is coordinating those efforts. Firefighter Ministry. Donations will be accepted today from 2 to 4 p.m. MST. The mailing address for the Firefighter Ministry is P.O. Box 531 Scottsbluff, NE 69363 for monetary donations.

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