Located in Shenandoah National Park's south district, the fire was first reported on Saturday, April 16th at 1:15pm. When firefighters first arrived on scene, the fire was approximately 70 acres, growing quickly and too intense for a direct attack. Firefighters instead focused on evacuating hikers and backpackers and ordered additional firefighters and equipment to the scene. On Friday, April 29th, the fire was 100% contained and the closed section of the park's Skyline Drive reopened at 6:00 p.m. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) was lifted on Friday April 29th. The section of the Appalachian Trail closed by the fire was reopened at noon on Saturday, April 30th. Several other trails were reopened the same day, but some trails remain closed. On Tuesday, May 3 at 1700 hours the fire was declared controlled and the last of the trail closures were lifted.
The fire burned in a combination of mountain laurel, pine, and oak forests. The area contained heavier than average leaf litter and duff. The region was 3 to 4 inches below normal precipitation when the fire began.
As of June 8, 2016, the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
National Park Service, Virginia Department of Forestry, Rockingham County Department of Fire and Rescue, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday April 16th, 2016 approx. 01:15 PM|
|Location||In the South District of Shenandoah National Park, NE of Grottoes, Rockingham County, VA|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
Leaf litter, dead and down branches, oak - hickory and oak-pine forests, mountain laurel, stands of table mountain and pitch pine.
Fire declared controlled on Tuesday, May 3 at 1700 hours. Last of trail closures lifted.
As of June 8, 2016, rehab of dozer line continues as conditions permit.