Saltwater tank fire occurs southwest of Alexander

North Dakota Department of Health announced Wednesday that it has been notified of a saltwater tank on fire approximately eight miles southwest of Alexander, in rural McKenzie County.

Alexander firefighters were reported to be at the scene, and health inspectors are being sent in response. Initial reports from the unnamed company estimate 2,440 barrels of saltwater brine and 270 barrels of oil have been released, but are contained on site.

For more information, call Dennis Fewless of the health department at