Update: Medora grass fire 85% contained
MEDORA, N.D. (KFYR) - 4/4 12:15 p.m. CT: Firefighters are reporting 85% containment and an estimated 2276 acres burned for the grass fire near Medora, ND that began on Thursday. Firefighters continue to make progress on fire containment despite the difficult terrain and sustained red flag conditions.
Another fire was reported on USDA Forest Service national grasslands on Saturday that has now started burning into the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. This fire is estimated at 30% containment at burned about 1000 acres.
The North Unit of the park is closed at this time, as well as the CCC Campground across the Little Missouri River to the south of the park.
4/3 12 p.m. CT: The grass fire near Medora that burned roughly 3,000 acres is 50% contained, according to firefighters. Responders are working to contain the fire in difficult terrain as much of the area is under red flag conditions.
The USDA Forest Service closed the Buffalo Gap Trail from I-94 to the Maah Daah Hey Trail. The popular biking and hiking trail is closed until further notice from Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Sully Creek State Park.
clarification: The US Forest Service initially reported the grass fire in Medora on Thursday as 9,600 acres.
Copyright 2021 KFYR. All rights reserved.