Crews Determine Cause of Rocks Mountain Fire

Shenandoah National Park personnel have determined that the cause of the Rocks Mountain Fire was an illegal campfire.

Rocks Mountain Fire

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- 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 burned about 450 acres inside the park Shenandoah National Park before a winter storm brought rain, sleet and snow to the area.

Fire managers visited the fire location Thursday 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.

Riprap, Wildcat Ridge, Rocks Mountain and Paine Run trails all remain closed due to the fire, and the cause is still under investigation.


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