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Great Dismal Swamp

Smoke from Virginia fires invades Harford's air

The odor of smoke from brush fires in a huge swamp near Suffolk, Va., blew into Harford County Saturday morning, and emergency officials say this could be an issue in the county for the foreseeable future.

Around 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Harford County Emergency Operations issued a message through Connect CTY, the county's mass communication system, warning about the smell of smoke saturating the area and potential, related air quality issues.

Before the emergency call went out, the 9-1-1 call center had received more than 40 calls from people across the county reporting the smell of smoke and a possible fire nearby, according to Emergency Manager Rick Ayers.