SD Army National Guard helicopters join wildfire efforts in Mandaree, ND
MANDAREE, N.D. — North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum shared his thanks to South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on Sunday for sending two South Dakota Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopters to support wildfire efforts at Mandaree, ND. The units will be joined by one North Dakota Army National Guard Black Hawk.
We greatly appreciate South Dakota @govkristinoem and the @SD_Guard for honoring our EMAC request for two Black Hawk helicopters to assist with wildfires in western ND. The helicopters are on site at Mandaree with 600-gallon water buckets. pic.twitter.com/USUfLrNZ5R
— Gov. Doug Burgum (@DougBurgum) May 2, 2021
The Mandaree Wildfire in Dunn County, North Dakota, has been burning since Saturday, May 1. The fire is estimated at 8,000 acres and 50% containment as of Sunday. Authorities suspect a burning coal seam started the blaze.
Several fires have been reported over the last few days in western North Dakota and eastern Montana, including a fire north of Wannagan Campsite, the Roosevelt Creek Fire, and the Nelson Fire.
The U.S. Forest Service Dakota Prairie Grasslands has active closures in several areas of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in response to the Roosevelt Creek Fire, which started on Wednesday and is reported at 4,000 acres and 60% containment at the time of writing.