Fire Contained South of Beulah


A grassfire broke out just one mile south of Beulah last night.
Beulah Rural Fire Protection District Chief Eli Schumann says the fire began with a baler in a hay field.
The fire traveled roughly a mile and a half to the east side of highway forty-nine before firefighters were able to contain the flames.
Firefighters stationed themselves to the north of the Knife River to keep the fire from reaching the town.
“This was kind of a unique fire because it abutted to the city limits and with the wind that we had and the dry conditions, it forced the city to -or the Police Department to request a voluntary evacuation for approximately four hundred and fifty residents.” said Frank Senn, Chief of Beulah Police Department.
“Access to the fire was a great challenge. We had trouble getting through the ravines and creeks to get to the fire and it just kept jumping in front of us. We were having a hard time catching up with it.” said Eli Schumann, Chief of Beulah Rural Fire Protection District.
The teams managed to get the fire under control around 11:30 last night.

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