The Roanoke Marshes fire that broke out on the afternoon of July 3 east of NC 264 on the Alligator River Refuge had affected 40 acres and been 75 percent contained by evening, according to reports by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in North Carolina.

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Posted by USFWS in North Carolina on Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The most recent update provided by the Service, shortly before 6 p.m., said the fire is expected to burn through the night and will continue to produce smoke. But no structures were threatened at that point.

Efforts to battle the fire, which sent a cloud of hazy smoke and a smoky odor across Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Colington, Kitty Hawk and Roanoke Island, were hampered by thunderstorms in the area. NC Forest Service firefighters responded to the fire with a helicopter, scout plane and three Marsh Masters, but by late afternoon, they had pulled out of the area because of the storms. Firefighters were expected to resume the battle against the blaze at 8 a.m. on July 4.

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