Morton County Receives Fire Grant

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In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 photo, Trinity CalFire fire fighters keep standing guard along I-5 north of Pollard Flat exit as the spot fires keep burning in the background near Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif. A roaring wildfire that has shut down a stretch of a major interstate in a rural area near the California-Oregon […]

MANDAN – Morton County will soon have a new weapon to battle grass and other fires.

That’s because the county says it is receiving a 42-thousand dollar grant which will allow the rural fire department to upgrade it’s pumping system to allow for compressed air foam.

The foam works to limit a fire’s ability to seek out new sources of fuel…making extinguishing the fire quicker and safer for fire crews.

Fire officials in Morton County tell KX News, it’s another tool to make their jobs safer.

“In our case we have to haul water water to every fire we go to basically, so with compressed air foam, you can extinguish a lot more fire in hot areas with the foam system versus just plain water” said Lynn Gustin the Mandan Rural Fire Department Chief.

The grant was made possible from the Andeavor Foundation.

Andeavor will present the department with a check for the equipment during a ceremony tomorrow evening in Mandan.

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