Wildfire at Teddy Roosevelt NP 80% contained Saturday


NPS Photo/R. Skalsky

THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, N.D. — Firefighters are making progress with the eight-square-mile Horse Pasture Fire in Theodore Roosevelt State Park, reaching 80% containment on Saturday afternoon. Fire activity on Friday and Friday night was minimal, with occasional flare-ups in the interior.

No structure damage has been reported, but officials say some structures could still be at risk.

No injuries or wildlife losses have been reported. Over 80 firefighters from state and federal agencies are working on the blaze.

The Horse Pasture Fire was initially reported on Saturday, April 3, in the McKenzie Ranger District of the Little Missouri National Grassland. The Little Missouri National Grassland is the largest grassland in the country at 1,033,271 acres.

Several closures remain in place: the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park remains closed, the CCC Campground, the northernmost portion of the Maah Daah Hey Trail, the Long X and Sunset Trail, Summit Campground, and the Summit Overlook and Viewpoint Trails.

Critical fire conditions are expected in the state through Saturday; forecasts are calling for colder temperatures on Sunday and Monday, with a chance of rain or snow in the north.

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