June 14, 2008
The Fires Rage On
This week we watched wildfires in California and our own backyard. A fire that began from a light ning strike two weeks ago continued to spread across rural eastern North Carolina, with smoke from burning peat blanketing Hampton Roads on Tuesday evening. Attention then turned to the Dismal Swamp, where firefighters are battling another blaze that has consumed more than 1,400 acres since Monday. Meanwhile, in the Santa Cruz mountains of California, residents are watching an all-too-common drama play out as fast, wind-fueled fires threaten hundreds of homes and force evacuations in the northern part of the state.
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