Mother Nature helps extinguish Horse Pasture Fire
By Neal A. Shipman
The rain and snow that fell last week provided the much-needed moisture to help extinguish the Horse Pasture Fire that consumed over 5,000 acres in the North Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the National Grasslands.
“The weather certainly gave firefighters a little extra assistance in suppressing the fire. It was a welcome addition to the firefighting effort,” stated Lucas Graf, District Ranger for the McKenzie Ranger District of the Little Missouri National Grassland.
Prior to the wintery rain and snow mix, firefighters had reached 90 percent containment on the fire, which started on Saturday, April 3.
“We couldn’t have gotten here without the help of local volunteers, the volunteer fire departments and the first responders,” stated Graf. “The weather conditions and fire activity posed a real challenge to those folks, and they did an amazing job of holding the fire, particularly the finger on the northwest side, until air support and additional ground resources could arrive.”