March 17, 2014
Approximately 824 acres were burning Saturday afternoon. The fire is 30 percent contained. Firefighters expect to have the fire fully contained by Wednesday, July 4.
A lightning strike caused the fire, which was first detected Monday, June 25.
The Point 2 Fire is located entirely on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests’ lands on Massanutten Mountain between Sherman Gap and Veach Gap.
The fire poses a potential threat to homes and private land on the east and west sides. The public is always advised to prepare for a worst-case scenario. The Virginia Department of Forestry and Warren County Fire and Rescue have contacted adjacent landowners and have a structure protection plan in place.
The fire received a quarter inch of rain, but that did not put it out. This fire is different from the National Park Service Neighbor Fire, an 827-acre fire in the Shenandoah National Park, 10 miles east of the 824-acre Forest Service Point 2 Fire.