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Grass fire burns 10,000-acres

A grass fire burned an estimated 10,000-acres in north-west North Dakota in recent days.

The blaze broke out just after 4:30 pm in Adams County on Thursday, January 14th.

According to reports, gusts as high as 56mph, with low humidity levels of around 68%, with snow cover, caused the fire to spread rapidly.

It took firefighters from close to twenty area fire departments to control the blaze, which covered an area 11 miles long and was nearly one mile wide in spots.

A number of farmers lost pasture and crop; however, to date, they have been no known livestock losses.

North Dakota fire

As of January 15th, the fire is 50% contained and is no longer spreading, according to Lemmon Fire Marshal Shane Penfield, who spoke to Successful Farming.

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Two firefighters sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were hospitalised.

In a statement, the fire division said: “At the time of this release, a precise acreage has not been established, but the fire travelled over an estimated unconfirmed 10,000-acres. At this time of the release, no occupied residential structures were lost. Unfortunately, a ranch headquarters experienced extensive damage.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for Perkins County Sheriff’s Office explained: “Several farms and ranches were evacuated, and structure protection initiated by the response flooding departments.”

Update on North Dakota fire

In a social media post on Friday, January 15th, a spokesperson for Perkins County Sheriff’s Office, said:

“We understand everyone wants to see the aftereffects of the massive fire that hit our area yesterday. However, we ask that at this time you continue to avoid traveling on county roads if you do not have a reason to be there.”

“Firefighters have knocked down the majority of the fire, but a lot of clean-up is ahead of them. Vehicles traveling on the side roads make it difficult for firefighters to properly do their jobs.”

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