- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Emergency Commission has approved increased spending for costs associated with battling grass fires in the Bismarck area last month.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1EjQqZw ) reports the commission voted unanimously for the increased spending authority, with two members absent. The April grass fires threatened at least one home and came close to the University of Mary campus.

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency executive director Jolene Kline says the request is for a $125,000 loan. Most of it would pay for helicopters called to battle the fires.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the state will try to get a 15 percent reimbursement from Burleigh County for its share in fire costs.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com


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