A barn in Durbin, ND has been burning for almost 60 daysDurbin, ND (WDAY TV) -- It might be normal for a controlled burn out on farmland to keep burning for a few days. But what about months and in the middle of winter??
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY, WDAY
Durbin, ND (WDAY TV) -- It might be normal for a controlled burn out on farmland to keep burning for a few days. But what about months and in the middle of winter??
Look as far as the eye can see and you just might miss it.
Dan Gust: "Durbin's right over there about a mile."
Back roads and dirt paths, for some lead them home.
"The house was right over, beyond this next drive way."
For others, it brings back memories.
Wilbert Miller: "this used to be my uncles farm."
Now only an empty field, but full of rich history.
"There used to be a barn setting there. And there used to be a farm yard here."
The sounds of chickens, pigs and cattle are long gone. Replaced by the whispers of wind. Structures demolished, piled up, then burned. Thing is, this farm went up in flames nearly 2 months ago.
"I think all the wood is burning underneath there."
The city set fire to what used to be just before thanksgiving. But take a closer look.
"I'm surprised it's still burning."
Nearly 60 days have passed. And even after snow and ice storms beating the ground, still lies a steaming memory burned into the minds who travel the this dirt road.
"Well there's a lot of wood buried under there and other stuff, laughing, Other stuff like what? Manure."
Whether kindling or a funny smelling accelerant, we'll never know. But when making your way down a dirt road in Durbin,
"If there's enough underground it will probably keep burning all winter."
Look for more than an empty field, but a signal, of what used to be.
Fire officials say it does not pose a threat to the town.