Rocky Mountain Fire 2016

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Rocky Mountain Fire 2016

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Approximate Location

38.314 latitude, -78.646 longitude

Incident Overview

Perimeter of the Rocky Mtn Fire 2016 on April 28, 2016.

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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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday April 16th, 2016 approx. 01:15 PM
LocationIn the South District of Shenandoah National Park, NE of Grottoes, Rockingham County, VA

Current Situation

Size10,326 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Leaf litter, dead and down branches, oak - hickory and oak-pine forests, mountain laurel, stands of table mountain and pitch pine.

Significant Events

Fire declared controlled on Tuesday, May 3 at 1700 hours. Last of trail closures lifted.


Planned Actions

As of June 8, 2016, rehab of dozer line continues as conditions permit.

Unit Information

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Shenandoah National Park
National Park Service
Luray, VA 22835

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