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Fire breaks out in wildlife refuge

HACKBERRY, LA (AP) - Firefighters are dealing with a wildfire in the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge.

Federal authorities say lightning from thunderstorms started several fires Wednesday night.

The remaining fire has burned 2,700 acres and firefighters say it is being contained.

The fire isn't considered a threat outside the refuge, but smoke has been noted in Hackberry and Sulphur.

Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire through the weekend.

Officials say that if it's needed, water will be dropped on the blaze from a helicopter.

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