USDA Forest Service to Continue Cub Run Prescribed Burn

By: WHSV Newsroom
By: WHSV Newsroom

A prescribed burn is being resumed Thursday after weather conditions caused it to be halted earlier in the week.

The Cub Run Prescribed Burn consists of approximately 4,505 acres of mountainous National Forest System land on the Lee Ranger District of the George Washington National Forest.

This burn began on May 3 by black lining an area adjacent to the control line. On Sunday, burning operations were discontinued due to strong winds.

Thursday, firefighters will begin aerial ignition of the interior of the prescribed burn. Firefighters will continue to assess and maintain control lines.

The Cub Run Prescribed Burn will take at least two days to complete ignition, but Page and Rockingham County residents can expect to see smoke in this area a week or two.

Approximately 30 firefighters and support staff including three engines, a dozer, and a helicopter are assisting with the prescribed burn. Resources include a Smoke Jumper module and firefighters from US Fish and Wildlife Service, Shenandoah National Park and the USDA Forest Service.

The following roads are temporarily closed due to the burn: Cub Run Road (Forest Road 65) and Pitt Springs Road (Forest Road 375).

The following trails are temporarily closed due to the burn: Massanutten South Trail (#416), Fridley Run Trail (#419), Martins Bottom Trail (#579), Second Mountain Trail (#580), Morgan Run Trail (#583) and Pitt Springs Lookout Trail (#584).

The Boones Run Shelter will also be closed during the prescribed burn.


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