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Great Dismal Swamp Fire: Virginia Puts Out 3-Month Blaze

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GREAT DISMAL SWAMP FIRE
In this image provided by NASA the GOES-13 satellite captured a visible image of the thick brown smoke streaming from the Lateral West Fire burning in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Virginia Wednesday Aug. 10, 2011. The image shows a triangular shaped plume of light brown smoke streaming to the south and southeast from the Lateral West Fire. (AP Photo/NASA) | AP

SUFFOLK, Va. -- A wildfire that burned thousands of acres in southeastern Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp over more than three months has been extinguished.

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge officials surveyed the burned area Friday and found no evidence of smoke. On Monday, an aerial reconnaissance flight confirmed those findings.

The fire was initially detected Aug. 4 after two separate lightning strikes. Before it was put out, the fire consumed more than 6,500 acres and as much as five feet of peat soil in the swamp. Smoke from the fire also extended as far north as Maryland at one point.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it deployed up to 400 firefighters to combat the flames in recent months.

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