Trails reopen

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Shenandoah National Park has announced that all trails around Rapidan Camp have reopened.

These areas were previously closed due to the Quaker Run Fire and the hazard of trees that had been weakened by the wildfire.

On November 17th, the Quaker Run Fire was declared 100% contained.

The wildfire affected 3,937 acres on private, state, and federal lands.

About 700 acres were within Shenandoah’s boundary.

Shenandoah’s complete fire ban remains in effect.

All open-air fires are prohibited, including in picnic areas and campgrounds.

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Quaker Run fire update

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Shenandoah National Park‘s latest update on the Quaker Run Fire is that it has burned approximately 425 acres and is 35 percent contained.

The Department of Forestry reports that firefighters continue to try to encircle the fire in very steep and rough terrain.

Smoke from the fire is visible in neighboring communities as reported by the Warren County Fire and Rescue.

While the fire is not in the park, it is close to the Old Rag and Whiteoak Boundary area.

Park officials are assisting in fighting the fire but at this time it should only impact park visitors through smoke, so plan accordingly.

Firefighters continue to install fire lines around the fire to cut fuel sources, this effort is expected to take several days.

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