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Dodging bears and fighting the Great Dismal Swamp wildfire

Dodging bears and fighting the Great Dismal Swamp wildfire

SUFFOLK — Fighting wildfires is dangerous — the skin-searing heat, throat-choking smoke and plenty of power tools. Oh, and don’t forget look out for the black bears. Roughly two dozen firefighters spotted a pair Monday afternoon near the gravel road where they worked to corral the blaze that has scorched about 6,000 acres of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. “It was a mama and her baby just sitting there watching the firefighters,” said JonÖ Wallace, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service firefighter from West Palm Beach, Fla. The bears, as they often do, left the firefighters to their work — an organized series of tasks, which, despite...

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