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State Forestry Crews Fight Fire in Swamp

Posted March 8, 2005 7:20 a.m. EST

— State forestry crews are fighting a fire deep in the Green Swamp in southeastern North Carolina and officials said Monday that conditions for fires could worsen later this week.

The fire started Saturday and has grown to 350 acres. It is located in a remote area of the swamp off N.C. Highway 211 near the Bear Pen air strip.

So far, the cause of the fire hasn't been determined. The swamp is located in Columbus and Brunswick counties.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Wilmington placed southeastern North Carolina under a fire weather advisory last week, meaning high winds and low relative humidities made conditions ripe for wildfire.