MCSO issues an evacuation because of the Quaker Run fire

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) issues an evacuation as a precautionary measure because of the Quaker Run fire.

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDF) and local firefighters reports the continued work to contain the fire in Madison County.

The evacuation recommendation is a precautionary measure for the  residents north of Route 681 in Madison County.

Crews are working to expand the containment lines as the fire continues to expand into the Shenandoah National Park as well.

Currently no structures have been damaged and firefighters continue to try to maintain that situation.

The fire has consumed approximately 2,480 acres with it breaching some of the fire lines surrounding it.

Firefighters and helicopters continue to work the fire including dumping water from above.

Projections indicate that the fire will require two or more additional weeks to completely extinguish the fire, including clean up after.

The Shenandoah National Park reports that the fire has caused a power outage that has shutdown Big Meadows Lodge for the season.

The Rapidan Tract of the Rapidan Wildlife Management area closed  last week.

The Whiteoak and Old Rag sections have smoke cautions up for the immediate future.

Local fire departments caution that smoke from the fire will infiltrate some areas and those with raspatory illnesses should continue to be cautious.

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The Quaker Run fire continues to burn outside the SNP

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

The Quaker Run fire in Madison County continues to burn outside the Shenandoah National Park (SNP) Boundary.

At last report from the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDF) nearly 75 percent of the fire line encircling the fire is complete.

Authorities are expecting the winds generated by a cold front moving through the area to cause smoke to become more visible in surrounding locations.

The fire has burned 510 acres so far with 40 percent of the fire contained.

That cold front could also bring some much-needed precipitation to the area.

Firefighters remain vigilant and report that no homes or structures are being threatened.

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