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Wildfire slows but may persist

June 08, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A wildfire that has charred nearly 31,000 acres in eastern North Carolina may smolder for months as it burns decayed vegetation that makes up the soil in the area, officials said.

The fire, which authorities say is about 40% contained, continues to burn in the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, about 70 miles south of Norfolk, Va. The spread of the fire across more than 48 square miles slowed over the last few days.

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