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North Dakota Health Department Monitors Air Quality Following Explosive Fire Near Williston

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The state health department is tracking the plume of smoke coming from the fire in Williston.

It is coordinating with a HazMat unit from Minot and a civil support team from the National Guard.

Together they are monitoring the chemicals being sent into the air.

The director of air quality for the health department, Terry O'Clair says so far the weather is helping.

This image is from the National Weather Service.

It shows the area the plume of smoke covers.

O'Clair says light wind blowing away from residential areas was helping earlier Tuesday afternoon.

"We're fortunate that there are very light winds, and it's a very hot fire so the plume is ascending quite drastically upward. So even if it does switch it's not going to impact directly on the public in residential areas," says Terry O'Clair/North Dakota Health Department.

The State Fire Marshal is in Williston now to try and establish how this fire at Red River Supply started.

About 50 firefighters were on scene plus mutual aid from Epping and Ray.

No injuries have been reported.
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