Wildfire Growing at National Wildlife Refuge

5,700 acres burning at Great Dismal Swamp

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    NEWSLETTERS

    View video of the fire at the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia. (Published Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011)

    A wildfire at the Great Dismal Swamp that straddles Virginia and North Carolina is growing.

    Lightning sparked the fire in Virginia, officials said. It now involves 5,700 acres and is moving into the parkland in North Carolina, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

    It's being fueled by dry conditions and dead trees left from Hurricane Isabel in 2003.

    More than 140 firefighters from across the nation are battling it.

    In Virginia, the Railroad Ditch Entrance and Lake Drummond are closed to public use because of the fires.

    The entire Dismal Swamp State Park in North Carolina is closed.