BISMARCK, N.D. - A controlled burn that went out of control burned more than 500 acres in Burleigh County.
Bismarck Rural Fire Chief Al Klein said a man was burning an old hay bale Thursday morning, and the fire got away from him Thursday afternoon in the area of 119th Street and Lincoln Road. While the morning was an OK time for such a burn, Klein said, the wind came up later. He estimated the fire burned 500 to 600 acres of pasture and Conservation Reserve Program land.
People planning to do any burning need to be sure to wet down the area, cultivate it or make sure they have enough water to put a fire out, Klein said.
“Be aware that it is very, very dry,” he said. “Even though the ground is wet, the fuel is very dry.”
While the Thursday fire was the first grass fire this spring for the Bismarck Rural Fire Department, Klein expects there could be many more if the area doesn’t get some rain.
The Mandan Rural Fire Department, Mandan Fire Department and Bismarck Fire Department assisted at the fire.