Efforts to contain a fire in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge have been thwarted by high temperatures, low humidity and winds. Refuge officials say the fire has spread to more than 1,000 acres since it was reported last Thursday.
High temperatures, low humidity and winds helped the main fire, known as Lateral West, spread across break banks that officials constructed over the past three days.
The fire, which now includes a smaller fire known as Lateral West 2, is southwest of Lake Drummond. Lightning started both fires.
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The refuge consists of over 112,000 acres of forested wetlands. More firefighters are being brought in to battle the fires.
The last major fire at the swamp was in 2008, and it burned nearly 5,000 acres.