Medora ND –   Sunday morning firefighters were reporting 85% containment and n estimated 2276 acres burned in the grass fire near Medora that began on Thursday.

Firefighters continue to make progress on fire containment despite the difficult terrain and sustained red flag conditions.

Another fire was reported on USDA Forest Service national grasslands on Saturday that has now started burning into the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. This fire is currently estimated at 30% contained burning roughly 1000 acres. Bravo unit and two air tankers were called in for assistance from South Dakota yesterday; the tankers delivered one drop each. This fire is in very rough, inaccessible terrain and extreme drought conditions make fire suppression difficult, but responders are working diligently to contain the blaze. At this time, the North Unit visitor center and housing values are at risk. The North Unit of the park is closed at this time, as well as the CCC Campground across the Little Missouri River to the south of the park.

High and very high fire danger continues through all parts of North Dakota, and a red flag warning has been issued again today for the western half of the state. Residents are reminded to be vigilant and cooperative as responders battle these wildfires.