Rainy, humid weather has greatly helped knock down the Rocky MTN Fire in Shenandoah National Park, where crews have managed to contain roughly 90 percent of the fire that has burned nearly 10,400 acres.
Shenandoah National Park
Blooming wildflowers are a sure sign of spring, and Shenandoah National Park will celebrate with hikes, programs, workshops, and art displays during its 30th annual Wildflower Weekend.
Few, if any, folks like to see wildfires in national parks. But there is an upside to wildfires, as Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Jim Northup pointed out earlier this week while discussing the Rocky MTN Fire.
Progress continued Monday to be made on knocking down the Rocky MTN Fire at Shenandoah National Park, with containment lines stretching around 60 percent of the fire. Just the same, the park's superintendent felt it necessary to explain the Park Service's approach to battling the blaze.
Cooler weather with higher humidity both slowed the growth of the Rocky MTN Fire in Shenandoah National Park and allowed crews to extend containment lines to 43 percent of the fire, though a return to warmer, drier weather next week could create favorable burning conditions.
The historic observation platform at the summit of the tallest peak in Shenandoah National Park will receive $120,000 worth of care this spring to address vandalism and general deterioration.
A cold front that brought some rain and higher humidity was helping firefighters in Shenandoah National Park on Friday as they worked to gain the upper hand on a wildfire burning since last weekend.
Remains of a woman, possibly those of a 31-year-old Virginia woman missing since last week, were found Thursday afternoon in Shenandoah National Park.
A long day of fighting a wildfire in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia left the acreage covered by the flames at nearly 8,000 acres, a 2,400-acre increase from the morning's estimated, although containment lines had been scratched and bulldozed around 40 percent of the perimeter, according to fire bosses.
The act that created the National Park Service 100 years ago directed the agency to leave park scenery and historic objects “unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” To mark the anniversary and create a visual representation of the mission statement, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia has launched a photo project that will match historic photographs from the park with fresh images from the Park Service’s centennial year.