Learning the Dangers of Illegal Campfires

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Officials have determined that an illegal campfire started the Rocks Mountain Fire in Shenandoah National Park.

In some areas of the park, campfires are allowed and those locations have fire rings.

Usually they are located in campgrounds or huts and you may not find them in the back country

Karen Beck-Herzog, a Shenandoah National Park spokeswoman, said if you see a few rocks forming a ring, that may be from someone who put it there.

Those rings are not set by the National Park Service.

When you set a campfire illegally off the trails, it can cause some damage to the soil and trees.

"It is illegal, we want to protect our resources and we hope our visitors that come here see that it is a national treasure and would help us protect our resources as well," said Karen Beck-Herzog, a spokeswoman for Shenandoah National Park.

Another problem with illegal campfires is that they can spread and cause a wildfire.

Snow is now covering much of the area the fire burned; however, once it melts, firefighters will check for hot spots.

Four trails still remain closed a week after the fire began.

If you start a fire in areas that do not have a ring, you could fined for it.

If you start an illegal campfire, you could pay $75, go to court or get arrested.

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