Fire in Virginia’s Wilderness National Park Most Likely Human Caused

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire discovered within the South District Shenandoah National Park’s boundaries in Luray, Virginia yesterday on Saturday, April 16, 2016, has scorched approximately 200 acres.

The fire is burning entirely within the park’s boundaries in designated wilderness areas.  This area is closed to the Public.

National Park Service Fire Managers state the cause is under investigation but most likely is human-caused.

There is a 0% containment status at this time.

Skyline Drive

Photo Credit: Shenandoah National Park Service

RESOURCES

Incident Cooperators for this fire are from the National Park Service and the Virginia Department of Forestry.  Additional fire personnel and equipment are en route and will be soon arriving on-scene.

CLOSURES

The Rocky Mount Trail, Gap Run Trail and Onemile Run Trail are all closed to the public.

Smoke visible from Rocky Mtn Fire

Photo Credit: Shenandoah National Park Service

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There are no structures being threatened at the time of this post.  No injuries or structure damage have been reported.

WEATHER

As of 1700 Hours EDT [Viriginia time], their current weather is mostly sunny with temps of 75-degrees and 0 chance of precipitation.  Humidity is at 24% with winds at 5 m.p.h.

FIRE TACTICS

Fire Managers will continue to monitor and actively manage operations.

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