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Officials: Lightning sparks huge wildfire in Sabine National Wildlife Refuge

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HACKBERRY, LA (AP) - Federal wildlife officials said lightning is to blame for a wildfire in the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge that has burned about 2,000 acres of marsh.

The wildfire is located about eight miles south of Hackberry, which is in Cameron Parish.

Jamie Farmer, fire management officer for the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex, said Thursday that westerly winds have caused smoke to reduce visibility along areas of LA 27 and LA 82.

He said the Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office is putting up smoke warning signs along the roads as a precaution for drivers.

Officials said the fire has continued to burn as thunderstorms move over the area from the Gulf of Mexico. Flames as high as 10 to 20 feet have been reported.

Federal fire management staff and resources from Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi are monitoring the blaze.

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