Forest Service probe planned of Croatan fire

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NEW BERN, N.C. — A wildfire that has burned in the Croatan National Forest in eastern North Carolina since last week is now 60 percent contained.

The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday that improved weather conditions have allowed crews to build better containment lines.

The Forest Service also says it will investigate why a controlled burn got out of control and scorched 21,000 acres in the forest. The review will include checking the burn plan, weather conditions and any aspects that allowed the fire to get out of control. The original plan was for a controlled burn of 1,500 acres.

The Forest Service says it has cost about $300,000 so far to fight the blaze.

No injuries have been reported.

Source: The Associated Press