Firefighters across North Dakota and Minnesota have stepped up to fight back the flames- many of them volunteers.

In the city of Mcville, five fire departments responded to a grass fire southeast of town. It burned for 10 hours, but no structures were impacted.

"It's unreal, especially in the dark with the wind coming right at you - it was very spooky you know," said Deb Sagvold, resident of Mcleod, ND.

In Mcleod, another fire spread all night, burning 8,000 acres.

Sagvold said she didn't know whether to stay or evacuate, but says she felt there was only one choice.

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"Animals are our livelihood," Sagvold said. "You know our neighbors around us are in the same boat. You can't just run and leave them you have to stay and protect them."

The same goes for Carlyssa Quam, she was on the other side of the fire near Milnor, moving cows to safety.

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"Every direction I looked I saw lights. And then as you make a lap around you see the Wyndmere Fire Department over here and the Milnor and Lisbon over here and Enderlin over here. They do it because they care," said Quam.

Nine crews were on scene fighting that fire.

"Everybody is always willing to help out, all I had to do is make a few phone calls to state radio and they all came running," said Chief Mike Elenberger of Milnor fire.

Fire crews don't yet know what caused the fire that started from the side of the road, but Sagvold has one message: in these dry conditions, don't throw cigarettes out the window.

That's how another fire started Monday, March 29 in Richardton, ND according to the fire protection district chief. It burned 100 acres of land.

Two fires in 24 hours evacuated Warwick public school on the Spirit Lake Reservation. The school told WDAY News it was a precautionary measure and there was not an immediate threat to students.

Minnesota used planes to pick up water from Maple Lake to help put out a 15,000 acre fire in Mentor.

No deaths or serious injuries were reported in any of these fires.