The effects of the wildfires in northwestern Nebraska are long lasting.
Ralph Wall with Nebraska Game and Parks says more than 285 square miles were burned including the pine covered butte ridges and range-land from northeast Crawford into Chadron State Park.
Private acres and 4 wildlife management areas were partially or completely burned.
"As far as Chadron State Park, we're hoping 40% of the trees survive," said Ralph Wall. "That might be on the high level of optimism. It depends on moisture levels between now and next spring," he added.
The park is open. All buildings and picnic areas were saved.
Wall also says most of the wildlife escaped and should return to the area once grasses regrow.
In the meantime, hunters will need to get permission to hunt in new areas.
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