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Forest Service probe planned of Croatan fire

NEW BERN, NC (AP) — The US Forest Service says it will investigate why a controlled burn got out of control and scorched 21,000 acres of the Croatan National Forest in eastern North Carolina.

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.

Authorities say the fire which was started last week got out of control and spread last weekend. It continues to burn but there is a containment line around it.

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

No injuries have been reported.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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