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Mandaree fire chief estimates about 9,800 acres burned in grass fire, 75% contained

Published: May. 1, 2021 at 8:23 PM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - (5/3 6 p.m.) A wildfire that started over the weekend south of Mandaree is roughly 75% contained as of late Monday afternoon, according to the incident commander. Marle Baker, the fire management officer for the Three Affiliated Tribes, said they estimate the fire has burned roughly 9,800 acres of land.

(5/2 3:00 p.m.) A grass fire that started yesterday continues to burn in a remote area south of Mandaree. The Mandaree fire chief said it’s about 50% contained and burned about 8,000 acres but said that number could change because of the difficult terrain.

Two Black Hawk helicopters from South Dakota and another from the North Dakota Army National Guard left the scene, according to a guard spokesman.

Rain across western North Dakota helped prevent the blaze from spreading.

The North Dakota Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildfire Service, Three Affiliated Tribes and Killdeer fire departments helped Mandaree Volunteer Fire.

ORIGINAL STORY: A grass fire is burning near Mandaree BIA 17 along the Little Missouri River in a remote area. The Mandaree fire chief estimates about 8,000 acres burned since the fire started this afternoon.

The fire chief suspects two structures were lost in the fire, but no one was injured.

A containment amount is not known at this time.

New Town Fire Department said they are on standing by if called upon.

North Dakota National Guard spokesman Bill Prokopyk said two South Dakota Army National Guard Black Hawks are helping put out the fire with 600-gallon water buckets. Prokopyk said three North Dakota National Guard Black Hawks will remain on duty out west through Saturday.

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