North Dakota Reservation Fires Destroy Structures and Force Evacuations

A series of fires destroyed structures and prompted evacuations on the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota on Tuesday, March 30.

Footage released by Spirit Lake Fire Department shows firefighters on the scene of the blaze, named the “21 Gulch fire.”

“Wind gusts were measured at 67 to 72 mph in various places,” the department wrote in a Facebook caption.

The fire was 65 to 75 percent contained as of early Tuesday afternoon when residents were allowed to return, according to local news reports. Fire officials confirmed the Red Cross was attending to impacted residents, they said. Credit: Spirit Lake Fire Department via Storyful