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  • The blaze has consumed nearly 5,000 acres.
  • Officials closed multiple campsites on the park’s grounds, including the CCC Campground, Summit Campground, and the Summit Overlook.
  • Fires in North Dakota have consumed more than 47 square miles during the spring season.

A wildfire at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota is 45 percent contained, authorities said Tuesday. 

Beth Hill, Acting Outreach and Education Manager at the North Dakota Forest Service, said the blaze has consumed nearly 5,000 acres and that campgrounds and homes are still at risk. 

Officials closed multiple campsites on the park’s grounds, including the CCC Campground, Summit Campground, and the Summit Overlook, The Associated Press reported


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Hill told a local CBS affiliate in the state that she is optimistic given light winds in the region on both Monday and Tuesday. Yet she warned residents to take caution and be aware of what they do as the weather changes. 

“I know these fires out in Theodore Roosevelt National Park got a lot of attention, just because it’s a really historic and attractive part of our state," Hill told the affiliate. “With the conditions that we saw over the winter, we had a lot of standing grass. We didn’t get a lot of accumulated snowfall."

"Everyone needs to be very proactive and very cognizant of their activities as the weather gets nicer and we start to get outside.”

Fires in North Dakota have consumed more than 47 square miles during the spring season, which more than doubles the total area burned throughout 2020, the AP reported. 


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Published on Apr 07, 2021