ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) -- Heavy rains extinguished a wildfire
that has burned 2,300 acres in northeastern North Carolina, but the
rain didn't stop an underground peat fire.
Camden County received 3 inches of rain early Monday that put
out the surface fire. Firefighting crews are focused on
extinguishing a 500-acre underground fire in the flammable soil.
State forestry spokeswoman Hannah Thompson said the underground
fire would break out again if not extinguished, a job that may take
two weeks. Crews are using bulldozers to cut trenches that will be
flooded with water from a canal and saturate the fire.
The fire began Feb. 10 when high winds pushed a tree onto
electric lines, causing sparks. Smoke at times caused road closures
in the area.
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