Ash tornado

Submitted Photo An ash tornado rises after a fire between Wabek and N.D. Highway 23 in this photo from Hunter Andes. East Fork Shell Creek, or the Wabek Coulee, was set ablaze Sunday morning by a Canadian Pacific train headed eastbound toward Makoti. A southernly wind aided the Makoti, Plaza and Parshall fire departments in keeping the fire from spreading south of the railroad toward Wabek or north past N.D. 23 and the electrical sub station located nearby. Wabek has been threatened by fire quite a few times in the last 100 years. In the 1920s, the entire town nearly burnt before pioneers of the time were able to put it out at the edge of town.


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