Grass Fires Ignite North of Grand Forks, Shuts Down Section of I-29 Wednesday (4/15) [VIDEO+PHOTOS]
Multiple fires north of Grand Forks has caused a 30 mile stretch of Interstate 29 to be closed due to limited visibility today, April 15th.
UPDATE 4/15 4:25PM: NDDOT has lifted the No Travel Advisory on I-29 from exit 145 in Grand Forks to the Canadian border. Fire crews in the area have brought the fires under control. A travel alert is still in effect for the area as they are still working to douse any hot spots that could potentially re-ignite and cause limited visibility in the area due to smoke.
Emergency Responders have been seen spraying the ground in an effort to control a grass fire between Grand Forks and Manvel, N.D. The fires start around the Washington Street exit on Interstate 29, and continue intermittently traveling north.
30 miles of I-29 have been closed from Drayton to the Canadian border due to the fires. Smoke in the area has limited visibility to zero on the interstate.
Here's video of one of the fires provided to us from 1310 KNOX radio in Grand Forks
Video of the fires north of Grand Forks near Joliette at around 12:30 today, shot by one of our listeners. #RCS @KNOXRadioRyan
Posted by KNOX Radio Grand Forks on Wednesday, April 15, 2015
We'll continue to update as more information becomes available