Rehabilitation begins on Smith Run Fire
Today crews will be doing emergency stabilization work on firelines along the park boundary. The purpose of this task is to prevent erosion along firelines dug in steep terrain and reduce the likelihood of invasive plants spreading into the park. Berms built up along the firelines will be scattered and water bars will be dug across the firelines. In order for crews to work safely in this area, they will also need to cut hazardous trees that have been weakened by the fire.
As conditions permit, crews will also be removing hazardous trees along the Skyline Drive, Appalachian Trail, and other trails.
At this time the entire length of Skyline Drive remains closed due to snow and ice. The fire has caused the following trail closures: 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.
Did You Know?
The 600' long Marys Rock Tunnel was completed in 1932 and the public considered it a scenic wonder. It became iconic and tunnel images were used on everything from post cards to jewelry.