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At approximately 13:33 PM on Thursday, May 7, the Central Dakota Communications Center received a report of a large grass fire in the area North of the Expressway Bridge on the Bismarck side of the Missouri River. The Bismarck Fire Department was dispatched to investigate. The first arriving fire crew reported a wildland fire involving approximately 2 acres. The fire crew established command, pulled hose lines and deployed ground crews to attack the fire. Additional fire crews arrived on scene and were assigned to secure a water supply and assist with fighting the fire. Wind was blowing from the north at 18 mph, and gusting to 27 mph. The Incident Commander requested additional resources from the Bismarck Rural Fire Department. Once the fire was extinguished, an overhaul operation was conducted to find and extinguish any remaining spot fires.
Five fire department apparatus and 11 firefighters were dispatched to the scene. The Bismarck Rural Fire Department provided mutual aid of four apparatus and four firefighters. The Bismarck Police Department assisted with scene control. There were no injuries to first responders. The fire spread was limited to the area between the Missouri River and the Bill Mills Nature Trail, just to the North of the Expressway Bridge. Approximately 5 to 7 areas of wildland were burned. The cause of the fire is undetermined.