Wildfires burned across the Midwest and Great Plains over the weekend as dry, windy conditions induced ‘Red Flag’ warnings across the Central Continental U.S. The entire western portion of North Dakota faces either ‘severe’ or ‘extreme drought’ and the entire state is under a statewide fire emergency. On Saturday, shifting winds there destroyed a fire truck near Willison, about 100 miles north of Medora, which was forced to evacuate due to a separate fire last week. “We’re just getting started into a tough fire season,” North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum warned Friday.
Climate change makes wildfires worse by heating air temperatures and worsening droughts. Firefighters also battled a wildfire in Menomonee Falls, northwest of Milwaukee on Friday. A wildfire also forced evacuations of two towns near Topeka, Kansas, and another burned more than 300 acres at Indiana Dunes National Park. (Red Flag Warnings: Wildfire Today; North Dakota: AP; Burgum: AP; Wisconsin: AP; Kansas: AP; Indiana: AP; Climate Signals background: Wildfires; Drought)