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Published October 20, 2012, 11:43 AM

North Dakota official says fire won't affect city's standing

BUCYRUS, N.D. (AP) — A county commissioner says a wildfire that destroyed most of a southwestern North Dakota town earlier this week won't wipe it off the map.

BUCYRUS, N.D. (AP) — A county commissioner says a wildfire that destroyed most of a southwestern North Dakota town earlier this week won't wipe it off the map.

Adams County Commission Chairman Chuck Christman says Bucyrus is incorporated and would have to request to be unincorporated to change its standing as a North Dakota city.

Cleanup continues in the town of about two dozen residents. Authorities say the fire covered more than nine square miles and destroyed 24 structures.

Christman says plans for Bucyrus are on hold until insurance companies can assess the damage and let residents know their options.

A relief fund has been established by Lemmon, S.D.-based Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union.

Credit union CEO Peter Butterfield tells the Dickinson Press he's heard from donors in the Dakotas and other places.

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