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Kennedy Peak Wildfire Almost Contained

26 November 2019 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County News


November 26, 2019

LURAY – The Kennedy Peak wildfire is 75% under control according to the United States Forest Service.

The latest update on the fire came last Friday afternoon. The wildfire was first reported on Nov. 14, but there is no designated start date or cause. It has spread over 745 acres of land across both Shenandoah and Page county lines. According to the incident report, the fire was calming down as of the Friday update. The wildfire’s perimeter is about nine miles southeast of Woodstock and one-and-a-half miles from Kennedy Peak.

Residents in and around Shenandoah and Page counties will likely see smoke in the sky for several days. Firefighter traffic may still be high in the area as a safety precaution.

Several hiking trails have been closed down by the Kennedy Peak wildfire. On Friday, Kennedy Peak Trail and Observation Tower were reopened for the public. A section of the Massanutten Trail from the Kennedy Peak Trail intersection to the Habron Gap Trail Intersection remains closed off. Stephens Trail, Stephens Trailhead parking area and all areas inside the fire’s perimeter remain blocked to the public.

Hunting is also not permitted adjacent to an active fire according to Virginia State Law.

 

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