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Saltwater disposal site fire reported in McKenzie County

A saltwater disposal site fire burns west of New Town on Monday morning. Submitted photo by Zac Griffin

KEENE -- A saltwater disposal site smoldered much of Monday in McKenzie County.

The McKenzie County Sheriff's Office confirmed that it received a call about an oil field fire caused by a lightning strike Monday morning and that it had personnel at the scene.

Keene Fire Chief John Rolfsrud said a service call was received just before 10 a.m. Rolfsrud said there were no reports of injuries and that the site was controlled by MBI Energy Services, which is based in Belfield.

Jim Arthaud, CEO of MBI, confirmed through a text message Monday afternoon that the fire was caused by a lightning strike and that there were no injuries.

"We do not allow employees on location during lightning storms," Arthaud said in the message.

The incident happened west of New Town near Highways 23 and 1806, about 3 miles east of Keene.

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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