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Several panhandle areas scheduled for prescribed burns

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People living in the panhandle may be seeing a lot of smoke in the air soon, but there's no need to panic.
Officials with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have scheduled prescribed burns on wildlife management areas in Scotts Bluff and Morrill counties in the coming weeks.

A 200-acre burn at the Cedar Canyon Wildlife Management Area southwest of Gering may begin as early as Tuesday if conditions are favorable.

Other properties such as the Arnold Trupp Wildlife Management Area north of Bayard, and Nine Mile Creek southeast of Lake Minatare are also part of the approved burn plan.

Todd Nordeen, Game and Parks Northwestern District Wildlife Manager, says prescribed burns are a critical tool for enhancing grasslands.

He says periodic burns also reduce the likelihood of catastrophic wildfires and can control undesirable species of vegetation.

Game and Parks staff will be assisted by members of local fire departments while conducting the burns.


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