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Fire causes power outages in Dunn County

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DUNN CENTER, N.D. — A fire about six miles east of Dunn Center led to multiple power outages in Dunn County on Wednesday morning.

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Denise Brew, the county’s emergency manager, said there were outages to nearly every community in Dunn County, which is served by Montana-Dakota Utilities, Roughrider Electric Cooperative and McKenzie Electric Cooperative.

“We had a couple of poles that were burned and a wire that went down,” said MDU Resources spokesman Mark Hanson, though he didn’t know the cause of the fire.

Brew said the fire burned 30 to 35 acres and affected some power poles. The fire was fueled by a 30- to 40-mph wind as temperatures reached into the 70s for the first time this year.

“They did stop it, which is a miracle,” she said.

Hanson said power was restored to MDU customers by 1:50 p.m.

MDU customers in Killdeer, Dunn Center and Werner were without power, and Brew said the entire city of Manning, which is served by Roughrider, was also down.

Leonard Hibl, director of key accounts for Roughrider Electric, said the lines connecting cities and different areas are interspersed despite being served by both utility providers.

He said Roughrider “switched some stuff around” to get power back to its customers.

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