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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...

2008-09-09 09:00:25

By KRISTIN DAVIS By Kristin Davis and Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot Tropical Storm Hanna dumped some needed rain on the two fires that have smoldered in the region for months, but officials are not ready to say the fires are out just yet. Chris Lowie, the manager of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, said the storm dumped about 1.5 inches of rain on the fire that has burned some 5,000 acres there since early June. It wasn't enough to penetrate some places thick...

2008-08-09 09:00:00

By LINDA MCNATT By Linda McNatt The Virginian-Pilot SUFFOLK For the first time in almost three weeks, officials at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge on Friday saw spears of bright orange flame leaping from the forest floor in the innermost regions of the swamp. That has mostly to do with higher temperatures, lower humidity and dry weather, refuge manager Chris Lowie said. "This is the most amount of fire we've seen lately," Lowie said. "We'll be calling up a...

2008-08-01 09:00:36

By KRISTIN DAVIS By Kristin Davis The Virginian-Pilot SUFFOLK The Great Dismal Swamp wildfire that once blazed out of control has been reduced to a 4,664-acre simmer, with firefighting efforts slashed to a fraction of what they once were. An information center that provided regular fire updates to the media closed last Friday, turning the task back over to refuge officials, said spokesman John Calabrese. The blaze is now 95 percent contained, he said. "The fire's not moving,"...

2008-08-01 03:00:17

By Kristin Davis, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 1--SUFFOLK -- The Great Dismal Swamp wildfire that once blazed out of control has been reduced to a 4,664-acre simmer, with firefighting efforts slashed to a fraction of what they once were. An information center that provided regular fire updates to the media closed last Friday, turning the task back over to refuge officials, said spokesman John Calabrese. The blaze is now 95 percent contained, he said. "The fire's not moving,"...

2008-07-31 21:00:22

By Kristin Davis, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 31--SUFFOLK -- The Great Dismal Swamp wildfire that once blazed out of control has been reduced to a 4,664-acre simmer, with firefighting efforts slashed to a fraction of what they once were. An information center that provided regular fire updates to the media closed Friday, turning the task back over to refuge officials, said spokesman John Calabrese. The blaze is now 95 percent contained, he said. "The fire's not moving,"...


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