Monday, February 21, 2011

Wildfires continue in Shenandoah National Park and Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive continue to be affected one of the many wildfires still burning throughout Virginia:
In what has been described as the second worst fire conditions in 50 years, Virginia experienced a weekend of out-of-control forest fires as flames broke out across the Commonwealth on Saturday amid tinder dry woods with high winds gusting up to 60 mph.

 Shenandoah National Park did not escape damage as fire raced across its borders, jumped the Skyline Drive, and burned 2,000 acres in the Smith Run area. The National Park Service reported that the scenic Skyline Drive was blocked between Front Royal and Rt. 211, and several trails have been closed including the Mt. Marshall Trail from Skyline Drive to the Bluff Trail, the Appalachian Trail between Compton Gap and the Browntown Trail, Lands Run Gap Fire Road, and the Jenkins Gap Trail.
For more, check out my post at the Washington Examiner....

Cross-posted at Virginia Virtucon

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