Trails reopen

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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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Extreme fire danger for Page County

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Due to the lack of rain for the last six months, and the extremely dry conditions across Page County, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has declared a drought warning.

The conditions are favorable for rapid spread fire that has the potential to impact life and safety, can cause threat to property and create widespread hazards.

It is highly suggested that there be no open air burning countywide.

Drought and weather conditions will continue to be monitored to keep the local state of emergency justified for the citizens of Page County.

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Unimproved alley inspections in Front Royal

The Public Works Department of the Town of Front Royal will begin a new unimproved alley inspection and inventory for all town properties.

Town staff will be looking for potential hazards, illegal dumping and maintenance concerns.

The work will be completed Monday through Friday, 7 am to 3 pm until December.

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