Wildfire destroys small North Dakota town

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

BUCYRUS, N.D. (AP) — More than two dozen people were evacuated as a wildfire swept through the southwestern North Dakota town of Bucyrus.

No major injuries were reported in the Wednesday fire, but authorities say there is little left of the town. A shelter was set up in the nearby town of Hettinger for people left homeless.

Authorities also had a plan in place to evacuate Hettinger but firefighters from numerous agencies in North Dakota and South Dakota got the fire under control late Wednesday despite winds gusting more than 60 mph.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately determined.

The fire prompted state transportation officials to temporarily shut down a portion of U.S. Highway 12 Wednesday night.