East NC wildfire flares, firefighters fight back

East NC wildfire flares, firefighters fight back

East NC wildfire flares, firefighters fight back

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Associated Press

Posted on June 6, 2011 at 6:35 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 6 at 6:35 AM

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — Firefighters have again battled back against a wildfire that has been burning in eastern North Carolina for a month.

The North Carolina Forest Service said firefighters were able to burn land in front of the wildfire Saturday evening in the Alligator National Wildlife Refuge in Dare County after the blaze threatened to spread south past containment lines toward the major highway in the area.

Even with Saturday's break, firefighters say the blaze is only 60 percent contained. It will take a long, heavy rain to extinguish it.

Officials had to close U.S. 264 from Stumpy Point to Engelhard again because of dense smoke, but the highway reopened Sunday.

The fire started May 5 from a lightning strike and has burned more than 31,000 acres

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