National Park Fire Update

By: WHSV Staff
By: WHSV Staff

The wet weather has been a blessing to many in the area but especially to those who live along the edge of the Shenandoah National Park.

Today crews gathered in the early morning hours to continue containing the blaze.

On day five of the fight against the fire in the Shenandoah National Park, Mother Nature stepped in to help.

“I think the rain came at about just the right time yesterday,” says Julena Campbell a Park Ranger at Shenandoah National Park. “It helps kind of suppress the fire activity and the fire calm down a little bit it also makes it extremely difficult for our firefighters to get back up there in a safe manner.”

Despite the conditions, the 120 firefighters working to contain the fire are having some success, which should bring some relief to the residents on the outskirts of the park.

“I think to the people in the area they would see a lot of differences mostly primarily the amount of smoke and the residents that are close enough to the fire line would realize that they are not seeing the flames or anything like that that they have been seeing the last couple of days,” says Julena Campbell.

The more rain the better off the land will be over the next couple of day, because if it dries out again, the crews could be facing a bigger battle.

Firefighters will continue to work for the next couple of days until all embers are out. And obviously, the more rain we receive the better off the national park will be.


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