UPDATE: Lightning strike causes fire at saltwater disposal site near Van Hook

VAN HOOK, N.D. – UPDATE: A lightning strike caused a fire at a saltwater disposal site near Van Hook Friday morning.

Photo Courtesy: Corey Sharkey

Reports came in of the fire at 8:15 a.m. Friday. Smoke plumes could be seen from miles away.

There have been no injuries or deaths, and there is no threat to the public at this time.

Fire crews plan to let the fire burn itself out rather than use water, to avoid ground contamination.

Crews are monitoring the blaze to make sure it does not spread.


We’re following reports of fires at multiple saltwater disposal sites in Western North Dakota.

One fire is reported at a site just off of Highway 8 near Van Hook. A viewer tells Your News Leader that as of 11 a.m. they can still see smoke from the fire from New Town.

Another site fire appears north of Johnson Corner in McKenzie County.

Early reports indicate the fires were caused by lightning strikes, stemming from the overnight weather, though that’s not confirmed.

We are working to gather information on the fires and will have more as it becomes available.