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Shenandoah National Park Closes Trails for Quaker Run Fire

Firefighters on the dozer line for the Quaker Run Fire
Firefighters walking the dozer line used to contain the fire

Virginia Department of Forestry

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News Release Date: November 4, 2023

Contact: Cory Swift-Turner, 434-365-8231

Contact: Claire Comer, 540-908-1997

LURAY, VA – Graves Mill Trail and Wilhite Wagon Trail are closed as firefighters continue efforts to suppress the Quaker Run Fire, which started Thursday, October 26 in the Rapidan Wildlife Management Area just outside the park boundary.

The entire length of the Graves Mill Trail from the intersection of the Staunton River Trail to the Rapidan Fire Road, and the entire length of the Wilhite Wagon Trail will remain closed until further notice.

Yesterday afternoon the fire approached a powerline near the eastern boundary of the park. Power was suspended to ensure safety of firefighters in the area. The line that had to be de-energized supplies the Big Meadows area so facilities there are utilizing generators. There are some impacts to services, but the visitor center and Big Meadows Wayside remain open, with limited services at the Lodge. Please contact Delaware North for additional information at 877-847-1919.

Firefighters and support staff from Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF), Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, and National Park Service continue efforts to suppress the low intensity fire, which has affected approximately 1500 acres, with about 184 acres within the park boundary. The fire continues to grow but remains within the established containment fire lines. No structures are threatened.

Smoke from the fire is affecting the central portion of Shenandoah National Park as well as surrounding communities. Visitors are advised to stay alert of local smoke conditions and take necessary precautions. Updates can be found on the park website and DOF’s social media:

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