Shenandoah County has been hit particularly hard, the Virginia Cooperative Extension said this is one of the most severe droughts the area has seen in the last 50 years.A major concern in the area is the significantly low levels of groundwater and the long-lasting impact that could have.
As of Thursday morning, the U.S. Forestry Service Reported that around 900 acres were still burning but firefighters made major progress on Thursday. The USFS is optimistic that the worst of the fire is behind it.
For the second time in two and a half months the Town of Strasburg has declared a drought emergency. All residents and businesses in the town will once again be required to begin water conservation measures.