BEULAH – Last night local authorities consulted residents of Beulah to evacuate due to a grass fire, looming just south of town. This morning, a sense of calm carried over the west river town, as firefighters were able to contain and extinguish the fire, before it breached city limits.
The Knife River was the only barrier that kept the fire from becoming a major disaster. “The terrain was a huge difficulty fighting this fire,” said Eli Schumann, Beulah Fire Chief to the media.
About 100 first responders, and volunteers from various local agencies helped battle the blaze, up to the edges of the knife river. Residents were asked to go to the Beulah Civic Center for shelter until the blaze was contained. Evacuations in some areas were on a volunteer basis until about 11pm on Monday night.