Oil fire in southwestern Manitoba under control

AP News
Posted: Nov 12, 2009 5:54 PM

Officials say an oil fire in southwestern Manitoba, near the North Dakota border, is under control.

The blaze was reported at a storage structure owned by Calgary-based EOG Resources Canada near the community of Waskada, about 20 miles north of Bottineau, N.D. Police closed nearby roads and evacuated the facility.

Authorities said they had no reports of injuries. They said the fire, which at one point could be seen from more than a half-mile away, did not threaten any homes.

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A spokesman for Manitoba's Emergency Measures Organization said the direction of the wind kept the oily smoke from blowing over populated areas.