Smoke from the North Carolina wildfire grew so thick in Hampton Roads on Tuesday night that 911 dispatchers were deluged with calls from residents reporting fires in their neighborhoods. Dispatch centers in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach answered calls from residents who noticed the smoke and smelled its strong odor. In Norfolk, firefighters were so busy they reduced the number of trucks they sent to fire calls.
The North Carolina wildfire, which has burned for more than a week, spread even more Tuesday, growing to 40,195 acres, or nearly 63 square miles – larger than the city of Richmond.
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