Rocks Mountain Fire Still Burning After Snowfall


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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- While it may appear that the Rocks Mountain Fire out, that's not the case.

The skies are clear of smoke over Augusta County due to the recent snow and rain; however, the fire is now up to 450 acres in size, according to Shenandoah National Park.

The snow is merely blanketing the smoke at this point and once it melts, crews will be out checking for hot spots.

The park said the fire was kept within the park limits.

Fire fighting experts said even though the weather can put these fires out, it can also help get them started again.

"Our grass, obviously, it's dry. Little bit of sun, it'll dry out in an hour or two after rain and we could have a fire, but we've not had anything abnormal at this time," said Mike Armstrong, Rockingham County's deputy fire marshal.

An outdoor burning restriction law remains in place until the end of April to prevent the start of wildfires.

On warm, windy, and dry days, you're not allowed to have fires outside if you're close to brush or dry fields.


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