Magpie Fire Update



Firefighters are gaining ground in the Little Missouri National Grasslands.

The Magpie fire is now 40 percent contained. 

The fire has eaten up 5,400 acres or about 8 square miles. 

An inch of ran fell in the northern most part of the fire last night and provided some much needed relief.
A Type II Incident Management Team has been put into place.
The command post is set up in Fairfield.
Jill Cobb, is the public information officer and says the risk is now considered moderate, meaning the fire is in mostly rural locations.
She says they are now able to fight the fire more directly, and able to access area’s of the fire from better positions.
Cobb wants to thank all the volunteer firefighters and local departments for their efforts to help put out the flames.

The wildfire affecting western North Dakota is still burning and has spread.

As of Tuesday morning – The Magpie wildfire covers approximately 5400 acres, just over 8 square miles, of land.
It is not yet known if Monday night’s rain impacted the fire at all.
Type II Incident Management Team has arrived and will take control of the fire by 6 a.m. Wednesday.

As of yesterday – the fire was 15 percent contained.
Approximately, 60 percents of the fire is in McKenzie County and 40 percent in Billings County.
Luckily, no homes are threatened.
However the Maah Daah Hey Trail is closed between the Bennett and Elkhorn campgrounds.
The White Tail and Magpie campgrounds also are closed.

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