Royal Orchard fire update

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Thursday evening a new fire was reported in the Rockfish Gap/Afton area due to a vehicle fire near Interstate 64.

The crews from the Quaker Run wildfire were diverted to assist with the Royal Orchard Fire.

Shenandoah National Park is reporting that Skyline Drive is closed from Rockfish Gap to Lofton Mountain and the Appalachian Trail is closed from Rockfish Gap to Jarman Gap.

Currently the wildfire is at 20 acres, with significant progress in the building of fire lines.

The smoke we are experiencing, especially on the east side of the mountains, is the compiling of wildfires across the state.

Refer to to track conditions.

As a reminder, those with respiratory issues, children, and pregnant women should be particularly cautious.

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VSP investigates fatal crash in Page County

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Virginia State Police are investigating a five car crash that left two people dead on Wednesday afternoon.

The crash occurred at the intersection of 340 and Route 662.

The driver of a Honda Pilot was traveling south on 340 and swerved to avoid two vehicles making a left turn.

The Honda sideswiped both turning cars and then crossed the centerline and collided with a Ford E-350 which then hit a Ford F-150 also traveling south.

The F-150 then caught on fire.

The driver of the Honda, Tina Wofford, 43, of Howell, NJ, suffered minor injuries and was charged with reckless driving.

Both the driver and passenger in the Ford F-150 died at the scene and neither were wearing seatbelts.

No other drivers were injured in the crash which remains under investigation.

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