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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Fire destroys garage in north Fargo    view comments tweat me share on facebook
VIDEO: Firefighters here responded to a garage fully engulfed in fire and threatening to spread to nearby buildings on Monday afternoon. The flames at 814 25th St. N. caused an estimated $30,000 in damage, but there were no injuries, a release from the Fire Department said. Firefighters arrived shortly after the 3:17 p.m. call and used multiple hose lines to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings. With hand-held water pumps, they extinguished small grass fires that were started by blowing embers, the release said. There were 17 firefighters on five engines, a truck and a command vehicle. The Fargo Police Department, F-M Ambulance and the Salvation Army also responded, the release said. Heat from the fire damaged vinyl siding on four outbuildings and one neighbor’s garage, in addition to plastic parts of a nearby vehicle. Electrical service was damaged but not disrupted, and cable TV and phone service lines are being repaired.

Grass Fires Cause Damage in Sioux and Stark Counties    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Firefighters respond to a large grass fire in Sioux County. A KX news crew reports the fire appears to have originated somewhere near the town of Cannon Ball. Earlier Monday afternoon, the wind was pushing the fire south toward the Missouri River. There are agencies responding, and roads to the fire area are blocked off. The fire was reported around two o'clock Monday afternoon.
WDAZ-TV 8 Grand Forks

Bismarck Condo Unit Suffers Fire Damage    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Bismarck firefighters respond to a condo fire early this morning. The Bismarck fire department responded to a report of smoke at a complex near Sertoma park. The firefighters found a slight haze in several of the units upon arrival. They eventually put out a fire found in the ceiling area. They said the cause of the fire was electrical. Occupants in one unit will be displaced for a short while. The damage is estimated at about 15,000 dollars.
KXNet-TV ND News Network

Monday, March 30, 2015
Ember from burnt garbage started fire west of Dickinson   view comments tweat me share on facebook
An ember from burning garbage started a fire Saturday afternoon west of Dickinson that forced law enforcement to block traffic from a gravel road. Dickinson Rural firefighters responded to the blaze at about 5 p.m. near 116th Avenue Southwest between Interstate 94 and Highway 10, Fire Chief Andy Paulson said. Residents near the fire were burning garbage and thought the fire was put out, but an ember from the garbage ignited grass and then a hay stack, he said. “Wind was a contributing factor,” along with dry conditions, he said. Dickinson hit a record high of 80 degrees, breaking the 1986 record of 76, according to the National Weather Service in Bismarck. Wind gusts reached 68 mph with an average speed of 17.2 mph. Much of western North Dakota was under a red flag warning into Saturday night, and remained in a high wind warning until 9 a.m. today. Paulson said the stack consisted of round and square bales, though he didn’t have an exact number of bales that burned. An acre of grass was also lost. Wind also caused smoke from the fire to blow southeast, causing slight visibility issues downwind. Stark County Sheriff’s deputies had blocked access to 116th Avenue at Highway 10 until the fire was under control, Paulson said. Firefighters left the scene at about 8:30 p.m. Today should be closer to average temperatures. NWS predicts Dickinson will see a high of 57 degrees with a low of 37. The wind will stick around with gusts around 40 mph.
Dickinson Press

Grass fire scorches 200 acres near Baldwin   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A 200-acre grass fire was doused late Sunday afternoon just north of Baldwin, but it caused no injuries or property damage. Volunteer firefighters from the Wilton Fire District responded to a call around 5 p.m., said Fire Chief J.D. Youngbird. "It was a controlled burn that got out of control," he said. "Somebody was burning garbage or something. It was just prairie that burned." Volunteers and fire trucks were able to quickly reach the blaze on the dry grassland, Youngbird said. Using water and a foamy substance, the fire was contained in about an hour. He said firefighters found some railroad ties smoldering, but got that out too. The fire didn't endanger any people, buildings or animals. "It is dry now and the wind was moving the fire fast," he said. "Just watch them and watch the wind," Youngbird advised people conducting controlled burns.
The Bismarck Tribune

Fire reported at Keene saltwater disposal well   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Firefighters responded Friday morning to an explosion at a saltwater disposal well north of Keene in McKenzie County, but officials said no injuries were reported. The fire occurred at the Silurian 20-1 saltwater disposal well owned by Excelsior Energy, said Alison Ritter, spokeswoman for the Department of Mineral Resources. A field inspector was a mile away when the explosion occurred and felt the ground shake, Ritter said. “It rattled windows a ways off,” said Keene Fire Chief John Rolfsrud. The cause of the explosion was still under investigation, Ritter said. A truck driver was unloading at the time of the incident but he wasn’t hurt, Rolfsrud said. No injuries were reported, said Karolin Rockvoy, McKenzie County emergency manager. Brine and oil from the tanks that exploded were contained within the dikes of the well location, Rolfsrud said. Firefighters did not attempt to put the fire out, but let it burn. If they had attempted to extinguish the fire, the foam and water would have caused the contamination to go over the dikes, he said. “In most cases, you’re better off letting them burn,” Rolfsrud said.
Grand Forks Herald

Heitkamp to bring Homeland Security No. 2 to North Dakota   view comments tweat me share on facebook
U.S. Sen Heidi Heitkamp is bringing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's No. 2 official to North Dakota for a two-day trip. Heitkamp and Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas are scheduled to meet with local officials Tuesday and Wednesday. The two are also set to tour the state's border with Canada on Wednesday, including the new border patrol facility in Pembina that's being built. Tuesday's stops include a discussion in Larimore with volunteer firefighters about recruitment and Heitkamp's proposal to provide federal training for train derailments to first responders. Heitkamp and Mayorkas also plan to meet with officials Tuesday at the Grand Forks Public Safety Training Center.
KXNet-TV ND News Network

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