Firefighters are battling at least 100 brushfires that still rage over Virginia and the Carolinas. Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia has declared a state of emergency as half of his state's counties are burning. Though no deaths have been reported yet, fires displaced scores of residents — the largest fire reached 400 to 500 acres in Bedford County near Roanoke. County officials reported at least 10 fires burning there. The National Guard has been mobilized, sending 100 troops to help control the flames, which have been fanned and spread by the 50 to 60 m.p.h. winds gusting across much of the South. Virginia is set to hold its presidential primary tomorrow.
Firefighters also battled flames in South Korea today as the Namdaemun, which is Korea's top national treasure and oldest wooden structure, was engulfed by flames. It suffered major destruction in the blaze.