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MANTEO, NC (AP) — Smoke from a Dare County wildfire fire is causing air quality problems for residents as far south as Brunswick County.

WITN-TV reported Tuesday that weather conditions are favorable for the fire at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge to continue to spread.

The fire has grown from almost 30,000 acres to 45,000 acres since Friday and is now 65% contained, down from 80 percent on Friday.

About 240 firefighters from 22 states are working on the blaze which started May 5

Officials say road closures may be necessary if conditions worsen.

High-level air quality alerts are in effect for Beaufort, Carteret, Dare, Hyde, Pamlico, Tyrrell and Washington counties.

Information from: WITN-TV, http://www.witntv.com/

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

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