Today crews began emergency stabilization work in Shenandoah National Park on firelines along the park boundary. The purpose of this task is to prevent erosion along firelines dug in steep terrain and reduce the likelihood of invasive plants spreading into the park. Berms built up along the firelines will be scattered and water bars will be dug across the firelines. In order for crews to work safely in this area, they will also need to cut hazardous trees that have been weakened by the fire.
As conditions permit, crews will also be removing hazardous trees along the Skyline Drive, Appalachian Trail, and other trails.
The fire, known as the Smith Run Fire, began on Saturday is now estimated to be 50% contained. Rain and snow over Monday night and Tuesday morning helped to bring the nearly 2000-acre fire under control.
As of this afternoon, the entire length of Skyline Drive is still closed due to snow and ice. The fire has caused the following trail closures: Mt. Marshall Trail from Skyline Drive to the intersection at the Bluff Trail; Appalachian Trail between Compton Gap and the Browntown Trail; Lands Run Gap Fire Road; and the Jenkins Gap Trail.