Smith Run Fire Forces Partial Closure of Skyline Drive and Some Trails
The Smith Run Fire in the north district of Shenandoah National Park has grown to approximately 2000 acres. Firefighters are on the ground working to contain the fire.
The fire, which started on private land just west of the park, was reported to the park Saturday morning at approximately 10:00 a.m. The fire's cause is currently unknown. The fire is moving on the surface of the forest floor where hardwood leaf litter and down trees have accumulated. The fire is located near Jenkins Gap near Milepost 12 on Skyline Drive.
Due to the fire and to ensure visitor safety, the Skyline Drive between Front Royal and Rt. 211 remains closed to traffic. The following trail closures are in effect until further notice: 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.
The rest of the park including the Skyline Drive from Thornton Gap (Rt. 211) south to Rockfish Gap (Rt. 250) remains open.
Firefighters are working to contain the fire. Resources assigned to the fire include personnel from the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, Virginia Department of Forestry, and Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services and Rappahannock County Volunteer Fire Department. Additional firefighters and equipment are en route.
Did You Know?
Shenandoah National Park may be one of the few places where you could see a spotted skunk sitting under a gray birch tree. The spotted skunk is at the northern part of its range while the gray birch is at the southern part of its range.