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Wildfire covers 1,000 acres on North Carolina’s Outer Banks

John C. Cook
US Fish and Wildlife Service in North Carolina

A wildfire in eastern North Carolina has burned parts of the Outer Banks and covered the area in smoke. The Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Department said Tuesday morning that there was an active wildland fire at Dare County Bombing Range, a training location for military aircraft crews. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in North Carolina said Tuesday afternoon that the fire had slightly spread to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, which is one of the only places in the world where endangered red wolves can be seen in the wild. The fire covered 1,000 acres and was 60% contained as of Wednesday morning.