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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,"...

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...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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