CARPIO, N.D. — The small town of Carpio in north-central North Dakota was evacuated on Friday afternoon, April 30, due to the threat of a grass fire.
At about 2 p.m. Friday, authorities called for an immediate evacuation of Carpio because of the "large grass fire threatening (the) entire town," according to the Berthold Police Department's Facebook page.
About 2 hours later, law enforcement announced that the fire was out and it was safe to return to the town. It's not known how many acres the fire burned or how much damage it caused.
North Dakota is facing a severe drought, with almost 83% of the state classified as being in "extreme drought" conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Carpio, about 27 miles northwest of Minot, has a population of about 157 people, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.