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    Shenandoah

    National Park Virginia

Closures lifted in Shenandoah National Park

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Date: February 27, 2011

The Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park from Front Royal to Route 211 has reopened after the week-long closure due to the Smith Run Fire. The 105-mile scenic roadway through the park is now open its entire length. All trails previously closed due to the fire are also open. This includes Mt. Marshall Trail from Skyline Drive to the intersection at the Bluff Trail; Appalachian Trail between Compton Gap and the Browntown Trail; Lands Run Gap Fire Road; and the Jenkins Gap Trail.

Park firefighters will continue to monitor the area during the next week. Some smoke may be visible over the next few days, but it is expected to be well within the containment area. As always, hikers are encouraged to stay on the trails, particularly in the burned areas.

This is the final update for the Smith Run Fire.

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