Park Plans Prescribed Burn for April 10, 2013
Shenandoah National Park Fire Managers plan to burn 500 acres in the park's south district on April 10, 2013. The ignition of the fire is dependent on weather conditions. The burn area is located west of Jarman Gap and northeast of Waynesboro, Virginia.
Prescribed fires are ignited by fire managers under a pre-determined set of conditions, including weather, fuel moisture and resource availability, in order to accomplish specific resource management objectives. All prescribed burns will be conducted as interagency projects, with local support, under the guidance and direction of trained and experienced National Park Service personnel. To learn more about prescribed fire in Shenandoah National Park go to http://www.nps.gov/shen/naturescience/prescribed-fire.htm.
The plan is for the fire to mimic natural processes as much as possible. It will be lit in such a way that the fire will move fairly slowly down the ridges with low flames. Smoke from the burn will be visible from both inside and outside the park. Some individual trees will burn, but the fire should travel mostly across the forest floor.
During the burn, the Gasline Road Trail will be closed to the public.
Did You Know?
The Big Meadows area has the highest concentration of rare plants in Shenandoah National Park.