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Royal Orchard fire update

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Thursday evening a new fire was reported in the Rockfish Gap/Afton area due to a vehicle fire near Interstate 64.

The crews from the Quaker Run wildfire were diverted to assist with the Royal Orchard Fire.

Shenandoah National Park is reporting that Skyline Drive is closed from Rockfish Gap to Lofton Mountain and the Appalachian Trail is closed from Rockfish Gap to Jarman Gap.

Currently the wildfire is at 20 acres, with significant progress in the building of fire lines.

The smoke we are experiencing, especially on the east side of the mountains, is the compiling of wildfires across the state.

Refer to to track conditions.

As a reminder, those with respiratory issues, children, and pregnant women should be particularly cautious.

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