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Prescribed Burn Planned in Shenandoah National Park Headquarters Area

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Date: February 1, 2013

Shenandoah National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in the headquarters area near Luray, Virginia, in February, 2013. Ignition of prescribed fire is dependent on favorable weather conditions. Burn piles scattered over two acres will be ignited. Smoke from the burn may be visible from Route 211.

Burn piling provides a cost-efficient way to remove woody debris from a variety of projects, including hazard fuels reduction, defensible space around infrastructure, cultural landscape maintenance, and the disposal of hazard trees.

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.

Did You Know?

Shenandoah National Park’s scenic highway, Skyline Drive, winds through a tunnel of trees in all their fall color glory.

Skyline Drive, the only public road through Shenandoah National Park, rides the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains for 105 miles through the park, then joins the Blue Ridge Parkway which connects Shenandoah to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC.