I wish I could take credit for this blog title, but I stole it from my Facebook friend’s status. This photo was taken on the North Carolina side of the Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge when we went biking this past March.
One of the greatest treasures (other than the ocean) shared by Virginia and North Carolina is the Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge. I’ve referenced both sides in several of my past posts as it is a wonderful place for both hiking and biking. It is home to an abundance of wildlife as it consists of over 112, 000 acres of “forested wetlands.” Now, these lovely woodlands are on fire!
These photos were taken by my friend Jenny who lives about five miles away from the area of fire. At the time she took these, I think the fire had spread to about 200 acres. Sound like a lot? Well, now it has devastated over 3200 acres.
They are reporting that this was caused by lightening. However, I remind all to please be careful how they handle fire, whether it be a cigarette or a campfire. It only takes a spark to spiral in this dryness and many little critters lose not only their homes but their lives, not to mention the damages caused to the land or the environmental pollution to the air and water.
I live all the way in Virginia (at least thirty miles away, my geography sucks so I don‘t know exact mileage!), and I can smell the stench of burned wood. It is quite hazy. In fact, we have been smelling it for days. I think the fire started on Friday, August 5th. The smoke thickens the air, stifling one’s breath in this current almost unbearable heat wave. I feel really badly for people who work outside or those with asthma. I don’t even want to think about the damages to the habitat and it’s inhabitants. It is truly sad.
“Only you can prevent forest fires.” — Smokey Bear
*****My mistake when I wrote this was that this fire originated in North Carolina. I was wrong as it started in Virginia but near the North Carolina line. It has now crossed over to North Carolina. At this point it has now burned 4700 acres.