Great Dismal Swamp Fire Still Burning After Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene soaked the East Coast over the weekend, sending tons of water down upon the Great Dismal Swamp Fire in Virginia, however it wasn’t enough water to extinguish the wildfire entirely.

Fire officials toured the affected area on Sunday and spotted at least 30 areas where smoke was still billowing from the 6,000-plus-acre fire. However, no visible flames were spotted, and the fire, which was deemed 35 percent contained on Friday before the storm struck, did not appear to have spread, according to a news report in the Virginia Pilot.

Smoke from the initially fast-growing wildfire in Suffolk, Virginia, had been billowing over areas in Virginia and Maryland for some time now since the fire first began earlier this summer.

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