UPDATE: Crews continue to fight fire that has burned about 50 acres south of Mandan

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MANDAN, N.D. - UPDATE 10/12/2017: Morton County Emergency Management says crews continue to monitor the fire south of Mandan that started Tuesday night and has burned about 50 acres.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department, Forest Service and the Mandan Rural Fire Department are working quickly before winds switch and pick up this afternoon.

The North Dakota Forest Service says they don't think they will have any problems but wanted to be cautious to avoid further spread. A Forest Service representative says this fire will smolder until we have significant precipitation.

There has been no damage to structures.


ORIGINAL STORY 10/11/2017: A fire south of Mandan has burned about 50 acres and is still active.

The fire started Tuesday night in a brush pile two miles south of the Little Heart boat ramp. Crews from North Dakota Game and Fish, Mandan Rural Fire Department and the Forest Service are on the scene.

Fire lines are being used to contain the spread of the fire. No structures have burned and none are in immediate danger. David Morgan with the North Dakota Forest Service says the fire will help clear some of the thick brush.

"It's all been pretty well manageable. It's just that here in the River Bottoms as you can see it's pretty thick, pretty overgrown. And quite frankly, having some fire go through here and thin it out a bit is probably for the better," said Morgan.

The cause of the fire is unknown.