Latest Lake Drummond Stories

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...

2008-06-16 18:00:16

By Dave Forster and Kristin Davis, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 16--SUFFOLK -- Smoke from wildfires in the Great Dismal Swamp and from North Carolina again are spreading smoke throughout Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina today. By 11 a.m., smoke had started to drift into Norfolk. Police dispatchers in Portsmouth reported a heavy smell of smoke in their building. A haze also was in the air outside Police Headquarters in Virginia Beach, dispatchers there said. The...

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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