Fires

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness temporarily closed due to wildfire

FINLAND, Minn. – The U.S. Forest Service has closed a popular recreational wilderness area in northeastern Minnesota as the state‚Äôs largest active wildfire threatens the 1-million-acre property. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness stopped issuing entry permits Saturday, but it was not known if campers already in the expansive wilderness area would be evacuated. The Greenwood fire in the forest…

Fire deaths increased in Minnesota in 2020

MINNEAPOLIS – Careless smoking was the leading cause of fatal fires in Minnesota in 2020. Fifty-three people died in fires last year, a 13% increase over 2019. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says seven deaths last year were attributed to careless smoking, the fifth consecutive year it led to fatal fires. Six victims died in fires that were attributed…

Fargo’s Elim Care & Rehab Center Working To Help Displaced Residents

Staff say it's still too early for them to know the full details of all the damages and the time it will take to get the building up and running.

FARGO, N.D. — Engulfing flames left a toll on the Elim Rehab Center in South Fargo, 115 residents were displaced after everything had settled. Staff say it’s still too early for them to know the full details of all the damages and the time it will take to get the building up and running. Workers at the center say it’s…

It’s Severe Summer Weather Week in North Dakota: What You Should Look Out For

While tornadoes are not something we see every day, it is important to know they can and do happen here

WEST, FARGO, N.D. — The snow may be gone and our winter jackets may be hung, but that doesn’t mean weather has stopped being dangerous. It is Severe Summer Weather Awareness week in North Dakota, a week held by states nationally as the weather heats up. Officials say there are five major things we need to be looking out for…severe…

American Red Cross Responding to Numerous House Fires to Help Those in Need

The organization has responded to more than a dozen home fires in the Dakotas Region just this week

REGIONAL — The American Red Cross is lending a helping hand after an apartment fire in Langdon and a house fire in Wahpeton. They’re providing financial assistance for food, clothing and emergency lodging to the two people from the apartment fire. Two others at the house fire in Wahpeton also were given emergency housing from the Red Cross. The organization…

Firefighters Battling Fires in Dangerous Wind Chills Get Assistance from the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army will be at the scenes this weekend for firefighters during the dangerous low wind chills

FARGO, ND — As the temperature outside continues to drop, the number of house fires has increased in the last week. It means the Fargo Fire Department has had to gear up for extreme temperatures to help put out fires across town. Some say it can be really tough because although the gear is designed to protect firefighters, it doesn’t…

Five New Firefighters to Help Save Lives in Fargo

They said training from experienced firefighters helped them get through

FARGO, ND — The Fargo Fire Department adds five new firefighters to their ranks. The recruits were hired on September 11th and spent eight weeks going through intensive training. They were required to study structural firefighting, fire prevention and to specialize in search and rescue. One new firefighter said although the training was difficult at times, leaning on experienced firefighters…

People Allowed Back into Homes After Five Electrical Fires at Minot Apartment Building

An evacuation order was issued July 12

  MINOT, ND — People forced from their apartments after five electrical fires in three days are allowed back home. The first fire at North Highlands Apartments in Minot happened July 10. Water entered a crack in the foundation and compromised the electrical system in the elevator equipment room. That was followed by four fires in electric clothes dryers. An…

Nearly Half of North Dakota Experiencing Severe Drought Conditions

Governor Has Declared Drought Emergency

Forest Service officials say drought conditions are making many areas of North Dakota vulnerable to fires. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 8 percent of the state is in extreme drought while another 32 percent is in severe drought. Authorities say if conditions don’t improve, the state could see a threat of “catastrophic wildfires, uncontrollable fires.” Gov. Burgum declared a…

Pipeline Protest Deadline Brings Fires, Explosions, Injuries and Arrests

Dakota Access Oil Pipeline in Morton County, North Dakota

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — A dramatic chain of events unfolded in Morton County at the site of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. There were ceremonial fires, explosions, injuries and arrests. All as the 2 p.m. Wednesday deadline for protesters to clear out of the main camp came and went. Protesters begin ceremonial burning of some of their living structures ahead…