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Fire Crews Say Controlled Burns Easily Getting Out of Hand

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A fire this afternoon in North Moorhead stresses the point that burning materials should be done when all conditions are right.

It happened just before one this afternoon. Dilworth Fire says a man was burning some material, and after he turned his back on it for a while it got out of hand and spread to trees and a port-a-potty.

After Dilworth Fire arrived it only took five minutes to knock the fire out.

Western parts of North Dakota are in fire watch because of dry, hot, and windy conditions. Fire crews advise homeowners to stay away from homes or trees when having residential fires.

"We also ask that if it's a breezy day, if it's windy that you don't have a fire, because the smoke blows throughout your neighborhood, and there's a greater chance that those embers will blow around." says Fargo Fire Captain Tim Binfet.

Recreational fires should be 25 feet away from decks, fences, garages and homes. An adult should always be present during one, and extinguishers should be nearby.

The current fire index in Cass County is "Medium" level, meaning there is no current fire bans. To see what parts of North Dakota are in "Extreme" level just click here.

Home owners also must have burning permits when burning materials, to read Dilworth's policy just click here.

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