Fire crews on the scene of a large straw bale fire in Wahpeton

Published: Aug. 21, 2020 at 9:09 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 21, 2020 at 9:47 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE (8/22 3:30 p.m.) The fire continues to burn at the Masonite PrimeBoard plant, and officials say it will be burning for days and possibly weeks.

Crews have been on scene since 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

The fire is in the straw bales, some of which are over 70 feet tall, so officials say they can’t break them up in case they fall.

Crews are currently air-dropping water in spots. Officials are handling the fire like a forest fire meaning that there is not an air quality issue since its only natural straw burning.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

Officials say there are no injuries.

Multiple fire departments are on the scene of large straw bale fire in Wahpeton, ND.

The fire started close to 7:30 Friday evening at the Masonite PrimeBoard plant at 2441 15th Street North.

This photo is from Wahpeton Daily News. Their crew on scene says the fire is believed to be getting worse.

The straw that’s burning is used to make masonite.

Law enforcement officers are asking those living in the area to close all windows, doors and shelter in place. Air quality is poor because of the fire.

There are four fire departments on the scene, including crews from Wahpeton, Dwight, Morton and Breckenridge. We’re told authorities are considering calling in more fire crews.

There’s also an ambulance on-scene, as well as Wahpeton Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

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