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    Shenandoah

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Cause of Rocks Mountain Fire in Shenandoah National Park Determined

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Date: March 6, 2014

Shenandoah National Park personnel have determined that the cause of the Rocks Mountain Fire was an illegal campfire.The fire, which was reported to the park at approximately 3:10 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014, had burned approximately 450 acres inside Shenandoah National Park before a winter storm brought rain, sleet and snow to the area.

Fire managers visited the fire location just northeast of Crimora, Virginia today and confirmed that a continuous layer of snow still covers much of the incident area.Once the snow melts, firefighters will patrol the area for hot spots.

The following trails remain closed:Riprap, Wildcat Ridge, Rocks Mountain and Paine Run.

Did You Know?

CCC enrollees collected native seed and raised plants in three nurseries in the park.

From 1933 to 1942 an estimated 10,000 boys and young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps planted hundreds of thousands of trees, shrubs, and native plants in Shenandoah National Park. Many of these were grown in three CCC plant nurseries from seeds collected within the park. More...