UPDATE: Magpie Fire 40% Contained

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Terrain challenges are making it harder to fight the Magpie fire. 

The US Forest Service says parts of where the Magpie Fire is located are some of the roughest country in North Dakota.

This is making getting dozers close to the fire impossible. 

However – firefighters have contained 40 percent of the fire. 

In total, the fire has affected roughly 5,400 acres. 

Jill Cobb, is the public information officer and says the risk is now considered moderate, meaning the fire is in mostly rural locations.

Fire suppression efforts are shifting from using engines to using more firefighters on the line. 

The Maah Daah Hey Trail system will continue to be closed from Bennett Campground located in the McKenzie Ranger District to the Elkhorn Campground in the Medora Ranger District. The closure includes access to the Maah Daah HeyTrail from Bennett Trail. The Whitetail Day Use Campground and the Magpie Campground are also closed. 

Type II Incident Management Team from northern Idaho has been put into place with their command post in Fairfield.

“We are working safely to support the firefighters and fire operations, and address community concerns regarding rangeland and oil and gas,” says Shawn Pearson, the Incident Commander. 

The temporary flight restriction for drones, or fixed-wing and rotor aircrafts is still in place. 

There will be a public meeting to discuss the Magpie Fire at the Grassy Butte Community Center at 7:00 p.m. mountain standard time. 


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