Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty
 

Swamp Fire Consumes 2,500 Acres

SUFFOLK, Va., Aug. 9 (UPI) — A wildfire in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge has burned at least 2,500 acres of swampland near Suffolk, Va., officials say.

An air quality alert has been put into place for the Hampton Roads region until midnight Tuesday, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported.

However, refuge officials don’t believe the smoke will be dissipate anytime soon.

“It’ll be smoking for a while,” said Cindy Lane, a spokeswoman for the refuge.

“We need rain desperately,” she said. “The vegetation that’s burning is just dry because it hasn’t rained in so long or significantly. It’s good conditions for a bad fire.”

Firefighters from North Carolina, Maryland and elsewhere have been on site helping fight the fire that officials say they fear will be much like the swamp fire of 2008 that slowly burned 5,000 acres.

“With this heat and no rain — it’s been dry — there’s no telling what’s going to happen with this fire,” Skip Holbrook, a Chesapeake, Va., resident, said.

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Swamp Fire Consumes 2,500 Acres”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at newstips@personalliberty.com

Bottom
close[X]

Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to PersonalLiberty.com,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.