- Associated Press - Thursday, July 13, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Crews are getting the upper hand on a large wildfire burning in the Little Missouri National Grassland of western North Dakota.

The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday that cooler temperatures have helped firefighters get containment of the Magpie Fire to 60 percent.

Crews plan to strengthen the existing fire line and secure an additional fire line. But the forecast calls for increasing temperatures and gusty winds that could whip up the fire.

The fire started Saturday in a remote area and isn’t threatening any structures, people or livestock.

Ninety-five firefighters are battling the fire. The Magpie and Whitetail campgrounds and a short section of the Maah Daah Hey Trail remain closed.



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