July 2, 2008
Crews Open Tap into Lake As They Try to Finish Off Fire
By LINDA MCNATT
By Linda McNatt
Crews in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday tried to clear ditches near Lake Drummond to use the lake's water on the wildfire that has burned since early June, according to a spokeswoman for the crews.
"We're still about 90 percent contained, but we are seeing a little more fire activity than we saw yesterday," Anna Leasa Winter, a spokeswoman for the Interagency Incident Management Gold Team, said Tuesday. "We've been successful at getting some water from Lake Drummond ."
All roads and trails in the refuge are closed to the public. Saturday bus tours of the refuge are canceled until further notice.
Winter said the southern section of the fire near the Corapeake Ditch is quiet. The northernmost section of the fire, near the Interior Ditch, is most active, and two large pumps have been brought in attempts to drench the land surrounding the ditch. The firefighting crew is aiming to run hoses along two miles of the Interior Ditch for that same purpose.
Firefighters said they are concerned about the eastern Riddick Ditch because of winds that could push the fire farther east.
Helicopters dropped water on the fire again Tuesday.
The fire's burn typically peaks between about 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Winter said.
The area in which the fire has grown slightly in the past few days outside of the containment line is north of the Interior Ditch, she said.
Staff writer Patrick Wilson contributed to this story.
Linda McNatt, (757) 222-5561,
All roads and trails in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge are closed to the public. Saturday bus tours of the refuge are canceled until further notice.
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Originally published by BY LINDA MCNATT.
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