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Dam-like devices to help fight Dismal Swamp fires

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NORFOLK, Va. — When Hurricane Irene was bearing down on Hampton Roads in the summer of 2011, there was a silver lining: rain. Everybody hoped a good deluge would finally douse the stubborn, smoldering fire in the Great Dismal Swamp that just wouldn't go out. Well, it rained, roughly a foot. Problem was, the water didn't stick around long. Instead of soaking in to extinguish the largely...

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