SNP plans a prescribed burn today March 13

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Shenandoah National Park (SNP) announced a planned prescribed burn today March 13 weather permitting.

Big Meadows will be closed through 10 a.m. tomorrow March 14 during the burn.

The SNP plans to burn  approximately 88 acres at mile post 51 on the Skyline Drive.

These burns help to clear dead and overgrown vegetation.

These burns are meant to prevent more intense wildfires that have the potential to cause more damage.

For visitors’ safety, Big Meadows will be temporarily closed as the burn is conducted.

Smoke may be visible in and around the Big Meadows area including in valley towns around the Skyline Drive.

Drivers through the mile post 51 Big Meadows area should take care slow down and turn on headlights.

Prescribed burns are conducted under the guidance and direction of trained and experienced personnel from the National Park Service.

A link to the press release and a live webcam is available here.

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