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2011-05-16 09:20:26

Swamp was once a refuge for Indigenous Americans, runaway slaves and others It's the year 1800. You're a slave in southeast Virginia. You manage to escape. Your freedom is only going to last as long as you can hide. Where do you go? Would you believe the Great Dismal Swamp? According to Dan Sayers, assistant professor of anthropology and an historical archaeologist at American University, that's exactly where you could have gone for immediate sanctuary. "There are interesting parallels. What...

2008-10-11 09:00:14

The number of acres destroyed by the fire - the largest area burned in several decades. Officials estimate the expense of fighting the months-long fire could exceed $11 million. By Kristin Davis The Virginian-Pilot SUFFOLK It wasn't the Great Conflagration, b ut the fire that ignited in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge this spring was the costliest and one of the longest-burning in state history. Now it's out. The fire scorched thousands of acres, occupied hundreds...

2008-10-09 15:00:26

Less than 60 miles from where the Wright brothers took their historic first flight in 1903, a U.S. Congressman, North Carolina legislators, Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County officials, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Regional Airport Authority leaders and a host of state and regional partners broke ground today on the $13 million Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Aviation Research and Development Commerce Park. "The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Aviation Research and Development Commerce Park has almost...

2008-07-30 03:00:29

Nearly 8 inches of rain in the past month has tamped down the wildfire in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and curtailed its vast clouds of windblown smoke. But the fire still burns within the swamp's deep peat soil, a fire official said, and a stretch of hot, dry weather could quickly revive it into as big a hazard and nuisance as ever. "People in and around the refuge are looking down the barrel of a long, long summer," said John Calabrese, a spokesman for the refuge. "It's...

2008-07-02 09:00:31

By LINDA MCNATT By Linda McNatt The Virginian-Pilot Suffolk 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...

2008-06-17 21:00:12

A lightning strike during a storm sparked a second fire Tuesday in the Great Dismal Swamp in eastern Virginia. Catherine Hibbard with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the new fire was only about 20 acres Tuesday morning, the Newport News Press reported. But she said winds sent the flames into a stand of Atlantic white cedars that firefighters were trying to preserve. The small fire is south of a 2,500-acre fire that began June 9. Smoke from that fire was so heavy it set off alarms...

2008-06-15 18:00:11

By Greg Edwards, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Jun. 15--Smoke from wildfires in Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp and farther south in eastern North Carolina will avoid the Richmond area again Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Winds were out of the southwest in Richmond today, diverting the smoky stench that plagued the metro area on Friday. Later tonight, winds are expected to turn and come from the west-northwest, which will keep the smoke out of Richmond again tomorrow,...


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