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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...

2008-08-25 03:00:26

By Anonymous First it was the faltering economy, then the birds, specifically nesting plovers, an imperiled species that prompted the closing of some popular Cape Hatteras National Seashore fishing beaches. Together, figures Carolyn McCormick, managing director of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, they cast a pall over tourism. Then came a real pall, a fire at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge that wafted smoke over Eastern North Carolina. The impact of the economic downturn and fire,...

2008-07-31 09:00:47

By RYAN HUTCHINS By Ryan Hutchins The Virginian-Pilot Officials have begun scaling back efforts to extinguish a wildfire that continues to smolder 50 miles west of the Outer Banks. "We're identifying people and equipment we don't need anymore," incident spokesman Roger Miller said by phone Wednesday. There are now 217 people assigned to control the blaze, down from about 250 last week. Miller said there hadn't been surface burning for several days and that some workers were...

2008-06-16 09:00:34

By Kristin Davis, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 16--The North Carolina wildfire, confined largely to Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, did not grow Sunday, but smoke was expected to cause problems throughout the northeastern part of North Carolina on this morning. Another fire, in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, could send smoke across South Hampton Roads on Monday morning, said Mike Montefusco, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wakefield....

2008-06-15 09:00:11

From staff and wire reports Potent, wafting smoke from a pair of wildfires blanketed Hampton Roads in a haze Saturday, as air quality officials in two states forecasted the polluted air would continue at least through today. Tom Mather of the North Carolina Division of Air Quality said pollutant levels are predicted to remain at Code Purple in northeastern North Carolina, the most severe air pollution warning the state has ever issued. It advises elderly people, children and those with...

2005-08-10 01:22:20

August 10, 2005 (Washington, DC) "“ Six of the nation's 545 National Wildlife Refuges are at severe risk, according to the 2005 State of the System Report, released earlier today. The six most threatened National Wildlife Refuges in the United States are: Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), North Carolina; Horicon NWR, Wisconsin; Stone Lakes NWR, California; White River NWR, Arkansas; Alaska Maritime NWR, Alaska; and Desert NWR, Nevada. The six sites were named for a variety...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.