Wildfires update

Virginia Department of Forestry used by permission from VDF Communication Specialist Cory Swift-Turner

The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) and Virginia firefighters have responded to over 100 wildfires within the last 48 hours.

While several fires in the region, including the Yeawood Fire in Culpeper have been contained.

The Coal Mine Fire in Shenandoah County is approximately 80% contained as of Friday evening.

Thankfully rain has began to fall in the area.

As fires become under control, crews are reallocated to wildfires in Page, Rockingham, and Shenandoah Counties.

Additionally, Federal, State, and local resources are aiding in the efforts to protect lives and property.

In Page County, several fires including the 211 West Fire will be combined into one incident named the “Luray Complex,” under a partnership between the Southern Area Gold Incident Management Team, the USDA Forest Service and DOF.

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Drought advisory continues

The “Drought Warning” enacted in August 2023 by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality was lifted on Feb. 1st.

However, a “Drought Advisory” continues for the Shenandoah
drought evaluation region.

This includes the counties of: Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Page,
Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties.

Although recent rain and snow have increased current moisture levels in soil, streams, and rivers a drought advisory remains in effect.

Long term precipitation deficits remain in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Mt. Jackson business is destroyed by fire

Old Nash Garage

The Mount Jackson Police Department reports that Shenandoah County Authorities responded to a fire at approximately 3 a.m. Sat. Feb. 26.

Authorities had to shutdown Route 11 to fight fire that destroyed the Randy’s Do It Best Hardware Store in Mount Jackson.

Nearby residents were temporally evacuated due to heavy smoke.

An ABC news report states that the building sustained an estimated $2 million in damage including building and inventory.

That report also states that a firefighter may have been transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation with no other injuries reported.

Mount Jackson fire fighters along with units from Woodstock, Rockingham and Page Counties responded to the incident.

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