Wildfire Destroys Small North Dakota Town

Bucyrus, a tiny North Dakota town, has been all but destroyed by a wind-fueled wildfire that displaced its 27 residents, prompting an outpouring of assistance from surrounding communities, reports the Associated Press.

No one was injured in the fire that swept through late Wednesday.

The county commission chairman said the fire destroyed four homes and two abandoned farms in the town about 60 miles south of Dickinson. Chuck Christman said seven structures, a church and a grain elevator were spared from the fire that was pushed by near 70 mph winds. The town’s only business, a picture-framing shop, was destroyed, while trees and buildings including homes still smoldered.

The fire scorched an area six miles long and half a mile wide and also downed about 50 power poles and set railroad ties on a nearby train track on fire.

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