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Cumberland County blaze ravages nearly 1,000 acres

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) -- A wildfire spreading across nearly 1,000 acres in Cumberland County is being fueled by dry brush and pines.

Officials say wind gusts are hampering efforts to contain the blaze. No injuries have been reported.

Several homes were evacuated for a time Monday while firefighters worked to establish fire containment lines. Part of NC Highway 53 remains closed.

The wildfire started near Gray's Creek. It was the third to erupt in the Cape Fear region Monday. Robeson County and Scotland County also reported wildfires.

In nearby Hoke County, a man collapsed and died while fighting a blaze at his home, and a firefighter suffered a heart attack while working in Harnett County.

The National Weather Service is recommending that all outdoor burning be postponed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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