- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) - Most residents of Cannon Ball on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation are back in their homes after a grass fire fanned by strong winds destroyed buildings there and prompted evacuations.

There were no injuries in the Sunday afternoon fire, but the flames burned three homes and a church.

A second large fire began burning on the reservation Monday in the Wakpala area, but no structures were immediately threatened.

Tribal Emergency Manager Elliott Ward says hay bales caught fire north of Cannon Ball on Saturday night, and the flames spread into town Sunday when winds gusted up to 60 mph.

Residents were evacuated after power poles got knocked down. Shelters were set up at the tribal casino and in Porcupine.

KXMB-TV reports only about two dozen families are still displaced.


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