State officials with the DNR announced Tuesday that a large section of the Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area is now closed to hunting and other public use through the end of October as repairs continue along a regional fuel distribution pipeline. The closed areas generally extend west of county Highway G, between state Highway 60 and county Highway PV, or Pleasant Valley Road, in the Town of Jackson. According to DNR wildlife biologist Tom Isaac , the closing will create a safety zone for workers and the public around the pipeline right-of-way during early fall hunting seasons. Repairs are scheduled to be completed by the end of October. Other portions of the wildlife area remain open to the public for hunting and other recreational activities. Contractors for West Shore Pipe Line Co. of Illinois this year are repairing more than a dozen sections of a 10-inch pipeline that crosses the wildlife area. Degraded sections of pipe were targeted for repair after the regional line ruptured in July 2012 more than two miles south of the publicly owned property. An estimated 54,600 gallons of gasoline spilled in the 1800 block of Western Ave. in the Town of Jackson.