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Fire on Outer Banks continues to burn, now 65% contained

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

Firefighters continue to battle a wildfire that has burned parts of the Outer Banks since Tuesday. According to the N.C. Forest Service, the fire at the Dare County Bombing Range was 65 percent contained as of Friday at 11 a.m. John Cook, Forester for District 13, which covers Dare, Tyrrell, Washington, and Hyde counties, told Public Radio East in an email that NCFS personnel are utilizing ground resources and specialized equipment to reinforce containment lines and conduct burnout operations. So far, the fire has burned 1,060 acres and has not increased or spread further onto the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Smoke in the area is minimal Friday due to rain. Cook says the wet weather over the next few days will help with fire suppression efforts.