Wildfire Contained Inside Shenandoah National Park

By: Garrett Wymer Email
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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) (4/22 12:50 p.m.) -- The wildfire in Shenandoah National park has been 100 percent contained.

Crews will spend their time Tuesday securing the containment lines and doing mop-up work.

(4/21 6:55 p.m.) -- A wildfire in Shenandoah National Park is now down to 22 acres, after already burning 50 acres inside the park.

The fire began Sunday afternoon and was contained Sunday night; however, it started back up again on Monday.

Earlier Monday, from Route 340, you could see the smoke coming from several spots inside the park.

Brenda Harris owns property nearby and said she's not too worried about the fire because she knows crews are working to get it under control.

"It don't worry me, but I did ride up to here to check on it and see how close it was to my land. All the leaves that's up here, I think it could go pretty fast," said Harris.

Dooms Fire Chief Mike Fisher said the fire started when someone was heating a bolt, and it dropped into the leaves. In conditions like this, with the wind and the dry brush, it can be something as simple as that that can spark a big fire.

Fisher also said that even with burning restrictions in place, you still need to use some common sense and be careful when conditions are dry and windy like they are now.

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