Illegal Campfire is cause of Rocks Mountain Fire in Shenandoah National Park

Friday, March 7, 2014

Shenandoah National Park personnel have determined that the cause of the Rocks Mountain Fire was an illegal campfire. The fire, which was reported to the park at approximately 3:10 p.m. on Friday, February 28th, had burned approximately 450 acres inside Shenandoah National Park before a winter storm brought rain, sleet and snow to the area.

Fire managers visited the fire location just northeast of Crimora, Virginia yesterday and confirmed that a continuous layer of snow still covers much of the incident area. Once the snow melts, firefighters will patrol the area for hot spots.

The following trails in the park remain closed: Riprap, Wildcat Ridge, Rocks Mountain and Paine Run.


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