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Magpie Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Treva Slaughter
Phone: 701-527-2203

Keith Suttles
Phone: 828-413-2485

Fact Sheet 07/15/17 10:00 am

Magpie Fire Wildfire
News – 7/15/2017


Magpie Fire

Dakota Prairie Grasslands

For Immediate Release Fire Information: 1-208-661-5292 (no msgs)

July 15, 2017 9:00 am Office hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Incident: Unknown cause, reported on July 8, 2017

Location: 12 miles west and 3 miles south of Grassy Butte

Jurisdiction: Dakota Prairie Grassland

Cooperating Agencies: McKenzie County EMS, McKenzie County VFDs, Billings County VFDs, Billings County EMS, North Dakota Game and Fish, National Park Service, United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, North Dakota State Forest Service

Incident Commander: Shawn Pearson, Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team (IMT)

Current Size: Approximately 5,000 acres Containment: 88%

Strategy: Full Suppression Structures Threatened: None

Yesterday’s Activity: While daytime temperatures soared into triple digits, firefighters increased containment by another 18%. The fire is now 88% contained. As predicted, fire behavior increased in the afternoon hours as winds picked up and we werer able to find more hot spots in the fire interior. Fire crews were well prepared for this and were able to not only maintain the line, but extend the containment reach. Crews continued to seek out and extingush all hot spots that were safe to access. An archaecologist, with the US Forest Service, was on site to assess if the fire had impacted any priority sites. At this time the fire has not disturbed any known assets.

Current Resources: The number of firefighters on the incident is 116. Resources assigned include: 1 hand crew, one helicopter, 14 engines and support personnel.

Planned Actions: Fire staff will begin releasing resources from the Magpie Fire to support other fires throughout the region. The Incident Management Team will transition the command of the fire over to Dakota Prairie Grasslands as of 8:00 pm. Field crews will spend the day seeking out and eliminating smoldering material that could flare up. Resource Advisors are developing restoration plans for the burned areas. The weather today is predicted to be milder, with temperatures in the 90s and gentle winds out of the northeast at 6-10 mph. Tomorrow will be a critical weather day as temperatures and winds are expected to increase. The risk of fire escape continues to be very low though the fire may smolder for a couple of weeks.

Special Messages/Closures:

  • As of tomorrow, Treva Slaughter, Public Affairs Officer, Dakota Prairie Grasslands will provide all information updates. Contact Number: 701-527-2203.

  • 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.