Lemmon fire now 100% contained
UPDATE: (January 17, 6:30 p.m.): In a press release, the Lemmon Fire Department confirmed that as of 5:27 p.m. Sunday, January 17, the Lemmon fire is now at 100% containment. An estimated 15,000 – 20,000 acres are estimated to be burned. No fatalities were reported, however two firefighters were injured and treated.
“The results of this fire could have been drastically different, but due to the training of local fire departments, assistance of other agencies and individuals, and the experience and leadership of the Incident Commander, the loss of property – while devastating – was contained to a minimum considering the circumstances. The amount of support has been simply overwhelming, as calls to assist have been received all over North and South Dakota. The Department thanks everyone that has stepped up to help in so many ways. We continue to think about and pray for those directly impacted by this horrible fire. Thank you once again to everyone involved,” said Shane Penfield, Lemmon Fire Department Fire Marshal and Public Information Officer.
Citizens are advised that smoke may be visible for several days as livestock manure, shelterbelts, and rubbish sites continue to burn within the perimeter of the fire.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office and North Dakota Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the cause of the fire.
UPDATE: (Jan. 15, 3:33 p.m.) — The following information was provided by Shane Penfield, PIO for Lemmon Fire Department.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
The fire started northwest of Lemmon at around 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Adams County, North Dakota. It ran 21 miles long, at times was four miles in width, stopping at the Grand River.
As of this afternoon, the fire is 80 percent contained and still estimated at 20,000 acres, however GPS measuring is ongoing.
High winds are still a main driver for the fires, reaching gusts of 30 to 40 mph. Some gusts have peaked at 56 mph.
Nearby residents voluntarily evacuated with 19 farms and ranches being in the general area. No occupied structures were lost but a few outbuildings were severely damaged.
Livestock, horses, fences, and grasses for grazing were lost, and no other injuries reported outside of the two firefighters.
If anybody needs a place to evacuate to, we would be glad to open up the Lemmon Armory for anyone. Shower, sleep, and anything else you may need.
The Lemmon School District has made the Lemmon Armory available to assist those affected by the fire.