Virginia’s fall fire season ends

During this year’s fall fire season, which ran from October 15th to November 30th, the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) responded to 156 wildfires that burned nearly 25,000 acres and damaged 13 structures.

Suppression efforts by DOF and the agency’s firefighting partners are
credited with saving 224 homes and 268 other structures, with an estimated protected value of $46.8 million.

In comparison to the 89 wildfires that burned 2,654 acres in the 2022 fall fire season.

Drought conditions combined with seasonal factors such as low humidity, high winds and dry vegetation, allow wildfires to start easily, spread quickly and be difficult to contain.

Although the fall fire season has ended, the threat of wildfire is always present, as many parts of Virginia are still in a drought conditions.

Residents should: Delay outdoor burning until your area receives heavy precipitation, check for local fire restrictions, call 911 if a fire escapes your control or if you see a wildfire, and remember “Only you can prevent wildfires!

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SNP looks to lease locally for seasonal workers

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

The Shenandoah National Park announced that they are looking for help in housing their seasonal employees this year.

The SNP is seeking to lease a mix of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and/or three-or-more bedroom units with full kitchens, bathrooms, and a living/dining space to house between 1 to 50 employees.

Fully or partially furnished residences are preferred.

SNP must be able to lease the property from mid-April to mid-November.

They are specifically looking for properties in the area of Front Royal, Luray, Stanley, Elkton, and Harrisonburg.

Offered spaces must meet government requirements and be registered through

To learn more about the NPS Leasing Program, click here.

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