Massive Williston fire causes flight cancellations

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A manager at Williston's airport says all flights in and out of the oil patch town have been canceled because of smoke at the scene of a massive fire.

Sloulin Field International Airport assistant airport manager Anthony Dudas says the FAA issued a temporary flight restriction at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday until officials determine how hazardous the cloud of smoke is.

Department of Health Air Quality Division director Terry O'Clair said local fire departments are letting the blaze at Red River Supply burn itself out.

O'Clair also said a National Guard hazmat unit is heading to the scene.

Williams County emergency manager Mike Hallesy says the fire broke out around midnight Monday. It was still burning twelve hours later.

Authorities have not provided a cause for the blaze, which caused explosions.

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