Virginia foresters: if there’s smoke, make sure there’s fire
19 April 2016 News
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A wildfire in Shenandoah National Park has scorched more than 2000 acres, but is leaving a bigger impression for some.
State foresters say people several counties away are seeing smoke and assuming the fire is approaching their land. Many have called 911 to report a fire.
But when crews arrive, they are finding no flames. The Virginia Department of Forestry says that’s taking resources away from actual emergencies.
John Miller of the VDOF is urging residents who see smoke, to make sure there is fire before they call firefighters.
Miller said the Shenandoah wildfire has sparked calls from as far away as Richmond and Fredericksburg. The fire is located outside of Elkton.
A portion of the Skyline Drive and the Appalachian Trail have been closed due to the wildfire.