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Published August 01, 2012, 10:39 AM

Wildfire in North Dakota Badlands contained

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Crews have contained a wildfire in the western North Dakota Badlands.

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Crews have contained a wildfire in the western North Dakota Badlands.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Babete Anderson says the Plumely Draw Fire was contained Tuesday. The blaze in rugged terrain south of Medora started over the weekend, likely sparked by lightning.

The fire blackened about 65 acres, or less than a square mile. It did not damage any structures or seriously hurt any people. But it did prompt the shut-down of an eight-mile stretch of the popular Maah Daah Hey hiking, biking and horseback riding trail. Anderson says the stretch will remain closed while firefighters finish mop-up operations.

The Dickinson Press reports that a separate fire burned about 150 acres of wheat near Mott on Tuesday. That blaze was started by sparks from a combine. No one was hurt.

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