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Firefighters working to contain Virginia wildfire

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SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - A wildfire in the Great Dismal Swamp National Refuge has grown to nearly 6,000 acres and firefighters are working to strengthen firelines to contain it.

An incident report released Friday afternoon says the fire is "burning anything in its path" but it isn't advancing quickly. Ten percent of the fire has been contained.

Firefighters also are working to contain spot fires ahead of the main fire that were caused by high winds Thursday night.

Crews plan to install pumps to flood the Railroad, Interior and South Ditch areas with water from Lake Drummond.

According to the incident report, the fire is the largest in the refuge's history.

Lightning sparked the fire, which was reported Aug. 4.

Smoke from the fire has been visible in satellite photographs taken from space.

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