According to the National Park Service website the Shenandoah National Park is located only 75 miles from Washington, D.C., our nation’s capital. It is a beautiful public area in the Blue Ridge Mountains that is known for its hiking and camping opportunities and a variety of bird species. According to a National Park Service incident update on April 21, the so-called Rocky Mountain wildfire has burned over 5,600 acres.
According to the incident report, the fire ignition source is suspected to be human but is currently being investigated. The fire is burning in mountain laurel, pine, and oak forests with heavy leaf litter according to the report. There are currently 248 personnel on the incident, including firefighters from the National Park Service, the Virginia Department of Forestry, Rockingham County Department of Fire and Rescue, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department. The fire has even caused the closure of parts of the Appalachian Mountain Trail. For more information on hiking trail closures in the park, you can visit their website. You can also find more information about this fire and other fires on the InciWeb website.
Wildfires have recently burned in Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, and other states. This is a reminder to us that wildfires can occur wherever you live and there is a lot you can do before a wildfire event to protect your loved ones and property. The change you make today can result in the difference in outcome tomorrow. Learn what you can do today and follow through by making the changes. Firewise is a choice and lifestyle that creates resilience.