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Helicopters battle 3,000 acre wildlife in the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Nat'l Wildlife Refuge

A 3,000 acre wildfire continued to burn Friday with only 30 percent contained according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The middle of the fire is already scorched and fire crews said they are not overly concerned unless there is additional lightning with little rain in the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

Crews say lightning caused the blaze that ignited on Thursday.

One small helicopter was fighting the flames Friday morning, but an additional helicopter was planning to assist in the afternoon.

Additional resources were not immediately available because of other wildfires in the western part of the United States.

Because the area is swamp, it is not accessible by land.

And air boats that would normally be able to assist are not able to get close because the water levels in the swamp are so low.

Another concern is toxic soil in the swamp that could become a health hazard if it burns, the incident commander said.

Because the water level is so low, it creates more of a risk that the toxic soil could ignite which is why they are fighting the flames so aggressively.

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