Fire Overruns North Dakota Brush Truck

Wind shift during fire north of Williston


(Angela Black)


WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The Williston Fire Department is down a truck after a brush fire destroyed it.

The fire department said in a news release late Saturday that the fire broke out north of Williston. The Williston Fire Department assisted the Williston Rural Fire Department in fighting the blaze, dispatching five trucks. While crews were fighting the fire the wind shifted and flames rapidly overtook one of the trucks and firefighters had to evacuate.

Firefighters regained control of the blaze around 8:30 p.m. No one was hurt but the truck was a total loss.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined.

Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday warned the state is headed into a “tough fire season” as he visited Billings County, where a fire had prompted him to call a statewide wildfire emergency. The governor said more acres have already burned this year than all of 2020.

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