Buffalo Creek Firefight Moves to Monitoring, Mop-Up

Buffalo Creek Firefight Moves to Monitoring, Mop-Up
Destruction inside the burn area of the Buffalo Creek wildfire (Photo Courtesy Gering Fire Dept.)
November 19th, 2021 | Scott Miller

Operations at the Buffalo Creek Fire primarily down to monitoring and occasional mop-up, as officials say the blaze of approximately 2,600 acres is at 80 percent containment Friday.

Incident Commander and Banner County Fire Chief Tim Grubbs says there was no damage to structures other than perhaps some fence lines, no injuries and no known loss of wildlife or livestock from the fire.

He tells us for the most part, further significant fire activity is not anticipated. “The public might see smoke (during the day), and might see some glowing spots at night, but we’ve been all around this quite a bit and made sure that it’s interior and not going to be impacting the lines,” said Grubbs. “So, we’re sitting in good shape.”

Grubbs tells KNEB News aerial assets, including Nebraska State Patrol drones, were released Thursday night.

As of Friday morning, a crew from Game and Parks was monitoring any activity on the east end of the burn area, and on the west, a crew from Banner Co. Fire is keeping watch. Grubbs says crews from the Banner County Roads Department were working today to repair dozer lines that were needed during the firefight.

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