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    Shenandoah

    National Park Virginia

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?

The green sharply serrated leaves of chestnut shoots can be found throughout the park.

American chestnut trees, whose trunks were killed off by a fungus blight long ago, still send up shoots that you can see along many of Shenandoah National Park’s trails.