Shenandoah National Park plans controlled burn

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Shenandoah National Park officials plan to burn about 88 acres at Big Meadows sometime between Monday and April 15. The actual date will depend on the weather, according to a park news release.

“A portion of Big Meadows (mile 51 on Skyline Drive), the open area across from Byrd Visitor Center, is burned each year for the purpose of maintaining the open vista by preventing encroachment from small trees and shrubs,” a park news release states.

“Prescribed burns are ignited by fire managers under a pre-determined set of conditions, including temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, wind direction, fuel moisture and resource availability. Prescribed burns will be conducted as interagency projects, with local support, under the guidance and direction of trained and experienced National Park Service personnel.”

Fire managers expect the project will take one day to complete. Smoke will be visible that day in the surrounding area.

All park facilities will remain open during the burn, but access to Big Meadows will be restricted.

Smoke from a controlled burn reported across the valley

Smoke from a controlled or prescribed burn was seen and reported throughout the Shenandoah Valley yesterday Apr.4.

The smoke was seen and reported in Warren, Page, Shenandoah Counties as the burn was conducted in the Fort Valley area.

Nearly 600 acres were set on fire by the US Forest Service to clear the acreage of  debris that could fuel a worse fire in the future.

The fire was confined to the Green Mountain area of Fort Valley near and around the Peters Mill Run Trail and Kings Crossing with smoke seen and smelled for at least a 10 mile radius.

These burns not only clear the acreage of  potential fuel that could cause a more destructive fire in the future but help to preserve endangered species of both plants and animals in the area being burned.

The burns are highly controlled and monitor by professionals at all times.

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VA. Department of Forestry conducts a controlled burn

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According to a Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office announcement a controlled or prescribed burn is being conducted today.

The burn will be conducted in the Fort Valley area so smoke maybe visible in some areas in Shenandoah County.

Approximately 600 acres will be purposely burnt in the area.

These burns are conducted by the Department of Forestry (DOF) to help control fuel that can cause more destructive fires in the future.

Controlled burns are preformed to help preserve endangered species of plants and animals in the area being burned.

A prescribed burn is controlled by trained and qualified fire personnel from the DOF.

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