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Wildfire In Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp May Be Largest In History

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A wildfire in Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp National Refuge has burned nearly 5,600 acres and firefighters are working to strengthen fire lines to contain it.

An incident report just released says many areas of the fire have reached hardwood stands of trees, slowing down the fire's advance. Ten percent of the fire has been contained.

Crews plan to install pumps to use water from Lake Drummond to flood some areas. Firefighters also are hoping a chance of rain tomorrow will help their efforts.

The fire, which was ignited by a lightening strike on August 4, is thought to be the largest in refuge’s history.

Smoke has even been visible from outer space, showing up on satellite photographs.

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