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Forum staff report, Published December 30 2013

Release from Cass County Sheriff’s Office regarding Casselton evacuation

The following is a news release from the Cass County Sheriff's Office:

"The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is strongly recommending an evacuation of the City of Casselton and anyone residing five miles to the south and east of Casselton, effective immediately.

"Information from the National Weather Service indicates a shift in the weather resulting in a high pressure system that will push the plume of smoke down increasing the risk of potential health hazards.

"Those in the areas south and east of Casselton are also encouraged to consider evacuating, specifically Durbin Township and Everest Township east of ND State Highway 18.

"Those evacuated should go to a safe location until further notice. If evacuees need a place to go, the Red Cross and Salvation Army have organized a shelter at Discovery Middle School, 1717 40th Ave S, in Fargo.

"If children are located by emergency responders they will be brought to Central Cass High School for reunification with a guardian.

"If transportation is needed from your home, contact the Cass County Tactical Operations Center at (701) 297-6000."