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Published May 07, 2013, 09:41 PM

A grassland fire in Ransom County is finally contained

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A grassland fire is finally contained tonight, after burning across Ransom County. Much of the fire is in the Sheyenne National Grassland, just east of Lisbon.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A grassland fire is finally contained tonight, after burning across Ransom County. Much of the fire is in the Sheyenne National Grassland, just east of Lisbon.

Even though it may seem damp out there, with some traces of rain and melting snow - fire crews warn fire conditions are ripe.

I'm in Ransom County where firefighter crews have spent much of the day. This is the 2nd day they've been out here battling grassland fires, which have spread - burning more than 400 acres.

By 1 o'clock this afternoon more than 5 fire crews were battling the blaze. Chief John Sakry, with Milnor Fire Department says the accidental fire was caused by someone burning garbage. Mix whipping winds and dry grasslands into that equation and Sakry says it didn't take long for the fire to get out of hand. Of the more than 400 acres burned, much of it is in the Sheyenne National Grassland.

Chief John Sakry- Milnor Fire Department: "One of the big problems we face out here is that there is no roads and with low-lying areas we are unable to get vehicles in there. So, 6 by 6's and all-terrain vehicles are really useful in putting this out."

More than 50 volunter firefighters lended a hand, helping to stop the spreading inferno. Sakry says they needed all hands on deck and all of the water they could get. Depending upon where a crew had to go fill their tanker truck and how long it took to fill, they could be gone for more than a half hour at a time.

Crews say they'll be out here the next couple of hours making sure the fire is contained and they'll also be making rounds tonight to make sire it doesn't once again, get out of hand.

The Red Cross was on hand to re-fuel firefighters with food and drink.

The Fire chief says if you're going to have a fire, make sure all of the embers are out.

Today is proof, it doesn't take long for it to get out of hand.

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