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Marsh fire causing heavy smoke in Kill Devil Hills

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Posted at 11:00 AM, Jul 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-05 14:08:27-04

According to Kill Devil Hills Deputy Chief of the Fire Department, a fire is now under control  after NC foresters responded to the marshlands area of Kill Devil Hills.

According to Dare County Fire Marshal Steve Kovacs, the marsh fire is burning across 30 to 40 acres near Little Colington Island.

Officials say the fire started early Thursday morning in a remote location and does not pose a threat to any structures.  The NC Forestry Service personnel reached the area by boat and are on scene.

Officials say they have set controlled back fires to limit the smoke impact and duration of the fire; however, some areas of Kill Devil Hills will experience smoke throughout the day.

A helicopter is en route to assist with response efforts and smoke is expected to dissipate by the end of the day.  The cause of the original fire is under investigation.

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