Stubborn swamp fire contained

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A stubborn fire in the Great Dismal Swamp is under control, again.

The Suffolk fire began June 9 and has smoldered ever since, even after Tropical Storm Hanna delivered some much-needed rain.

Tuesday, refuge officials said the fire is not out but under control -- a statement made previously only to see flames spark anew. The fire was started by logging equipment.

Refuge staff have been using high-volume pumps to re-flood the swamp, which was parched because of a persistent drought.

Officials say the fire could flare again if the fall brings hot, dry conditions.

The refuge covers 110,000 acres in Virginia and North Carolina

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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