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Irene doesn't douse NC swamp fire

Posted August 30, 2011

— A wildfire in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in northeast North Carolina continues to burn, despite several inches of rain from Hurricane Irene, authorities said Tuesday.

Firefighters reported seeing smoke in about 30 places Monday and saw flames in some areas, authorities said.

Ten to 15 inches of rain from Irene helped improve containment of the so-called Lateral West Fire to 90 percent – up from 35 percent before the storm. But flooding and downed trees left by Irene will make completely extinguishing the fire difficult, they said.

An Aug. 4 lightning strike started the fire, which has burned more than 6,300 acres along the North Carolina-Virginia border.


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  • DontAnnoyMe Aug 30, 2011

    Organic soils burning deep underground. And still spreading.


  • floronus Aug 30, 2011

    to get the people on extended unemployment to the fire would take housing, transportation, food and water, equipment, and training

  • sunshine1040 Aug 30, 2011

    Mother nature is just cleaning up some of her land the old fashion way. burning off layers of pine needles dead trees and underbrush just clear around it and let it be it will go out when ready

  • sammyg Aug 30, 2011

    I'm stunned this fire isn't out after the storm!

  • whatelseisnew Aug 30, 2011

    Make all the people on extended unemployment get out there and work on that fire.

  • kcollier39 Aug 30, 2011

    if 10 to 15 inches of rain fell on that fire and did not put it out,then the fire fighters may as well just stay at the fire department because if all that rain did not put it out they want stand a chance.

  • rufiedufie Aug 30, 2011

    sounds to me like the swamp gas is burning off.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 30, 2011

    Man that is some fire, that 10 to 15 inches of rain can't even put out. I know lighter knots burn well and for a long time.