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Wildfire Rages Near Ragland

By Associated Press

Ragland, AL – Authorities are struggling to contain a raging wildfire in western St. Clair County that has scorched hundreds of acres since Sunday.

Investigators with the state Forestry Commission say the blaze appears to have been deliberately set. Coleen Vansant, a commission spokeswoman, said about 500 acres has burned so far in a pine plantation near Ragland.

Firefighters from communities in St. Clair, Etowah and Calhoun counties have been fighting the wildfires around the clock, but high winds and extremely dry conditions have made it difficult to extinguish.

There have been no injuries.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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