Crews battling fires in Fargo and Moorhead

Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 8:00 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 18, 2020 at 6:04 AM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -


Fire crews are still monitoring the fire that broke out at the Fargo Landfill around 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The cause of the fire is believed to be heat and sparks from grinding and chipping the trees into mulch. Fire crews made initial attempts to put out the fires, but high temperatures, wind conditions and the size of the piles made it challenging.

The mulch piles are being left to burn in a controlled matter. Fire crews say extinguishment of the piles will take time as sections are separated and smothered.

One firefighter was injured in the fight. They were treated and released at a local hospital.

The Fargo Fire department had 19 firefighters and six trucks working at the landfill. They were also joined by West Fargo Rural Fire.

The Fargo Fire Department encourages you to follow them on social media for updates.


(ORIGINAL)-- Two fires have been burning simultaneously throughout the day. One at a Fargo landfill and the other at a Moorhead compost site.

Fargo Fire Department responded to a call for a grass fire at around 3:30 pm to the Fargo City Landfill at 4501 7th Ave N. in Fargo. Over the scanner, Fargo Fire was heard asking for more engines and more water while battling the flames. They were assisted by West Fargo Fire Department and the Salvation Army.

Around the same time, Moorhead Fire Department responded to a fire at The city of Moorhead Waste Compost Site at 1800 Hwy 75 N in Moorhead. They were assisted by Dilworth Fire Department.

Crews at both fires continued to battle the flames for hours.

This is a developing story.

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