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Fact Sheet 07/14/17 9:00 am

Incident: Magpie Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/14/2017

Yesterday’s Activity: Aided by cooler temperatures, firefighters increased containment by another 10%. The fire is now 70% contained. Fire crews continued to monitor and secure the fire perimeter. When safe to do so, they also searched and extinguished interior hot spots in the woody draws. A resource advisor from the US Forest Service was on site assessing the resource impacts of the fire to aid in the planning for restoration work.

Current Resources: The number of firefighters on the incident is 106. Resources assigned include: 1 hand crew, one helicopter, 14 engines and support personnel.

Planned Actions: Today, many of our firefighters will literally be on hands and knees seeking out and extinguishing hot spots (cold trailing) along the fireline. Where the lines are secured and it is safe for access, crews will seek out pockets of heavier fuels in the interior of the burn area and extinguish them as well. Crews will be assisted by the helicopter which is on standby for reconnaissance or supply needs. The weather forecast for today is extreme heat with temperatures in the triple digits and sustained winds 8 to 15 mph. Winds are expected to shift direction this afternoon and gusts may exceed 25 mph. Fire behavior could increase, though risk of fire escape is very low. Heavier fuels in the draws will continue to smolder for a couple of weeks. The public should be aware that smoke will remain visible.

Special Messages/Closures:

  • No evacuations are in place.

  • The Magpie and Whitetail campgrounds and a short section of the Maah Daah Hey Trail (NFS Trail 7001) continue to be closed to insure public and firefighter safety.

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Unit Information

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Dakota Prairie National Grasslands
U.S. Forest Service
North Dakota
Bismarck, ND 58503

Incident Contacts

Treva Slaughter
Email: magpiefireinfo@gmail.com
Phone: 701-527-2203
Keith Suttles
Email: magpiefireinfo@gmail.com
Phone: 828-413-2485
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