In Virginia, most wildfires are the result of human actions and can be prevented by using common sense, following fire safety rules, and obeying fire laws. With the number of people moving and building homes in woodland areas increasing, more people are closer than ever to potential fires. Wildfire season in Shenandoah is February, March, April, and May—most wildfires occur during these months. A second fire season occurs in October, November and December. Always keep in mind that wildfires are a concern in any period when conditions are dry and conducive to fire growth and spread.
Year-round you can help protect the Park from unwanted fires by:
Completely extinguish all fires. Dispose of charcoal properly and use campstoves with care.
Never build a fire in the backcountry. Fires are allowed in park-constructed fire rings and grates only.
Report fires and/or smoke to a Park Ranger or call the Shenandoah National Park emergency phone number at 1-800-732-0911.