Wildfire in Theodore Roosevelt National Park triples over Easter
MEDORA, N.D. — Firefighters are working to further contain a wildfire in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that tripled in size on Easter Sunday.
The fire is estimated at 30% containment and 3,000 acres.
Crews worked through the night Sunday in an area where the fire threatens some staff housing, maintenance buildings, and the CCC Campground.
Fire crews completed a successful back burn along U.S. Highway 85 and the park road on Sunday in an attempt to contain the fire.
The Forest Service’s acting outreach and education manager, Beth Hill, says the North Unit of the park remains closed on Monday. Hill says the rough, inaccessible terrain makes the fire a tough one to fight.
High winds and dangerously dry conditions fueled the fire; all of western and central North Dakota suffered under a red flag warning. Fire restrictions are in place for all units of the park. Campfires and the use of non-propane camp stoves are not allowed at this time.
Fire crews from the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and local departments are actively responding. Two air tankers were brought in from South Dakota over the weekend to help.