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Kennedy Peak Fire

Unit Information

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
Roanoke, VA 24019

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Incident Contact

Stephanie Chapman
Phone: 540-984-4101

The Kennedy Peak Fire is located approximately 9 miles south/southeast of the town of Woodstock and 5 miles NW of Luray, VA. The fire is approximately 1 1/2 miles north of Kennedy Peak.  
Cooperators:  Virginia Department of  Forestry,  National Park Service, USDA Forest Service                         

The Kennedy Peak Trail and observation Tower are open     

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday November 14th, 2019 approx. 04:00 PM
LocationThe fire is approximately 1.5 miles north of Kennedy Peak and 5 miles NW of Luray VA
Incident CommanderBrent Foltz
Coordinates38.757 latitude, -78.466 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel19
Size745 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Fuels Involved

Hardwood Litter; Timber (Litter and understory); Short grasses

Significant Events

Fire behavior is Minimal; Creeping; Backing; Smoldering


Planned Actions

Firefighters will continue to monitor and mop up containment lines including cutting down hazard trees. Smoke may continue to be visible for several days.


Terrain is steep and rocky, only egress via a 3.5 mile trail. Falling tree hazards

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A cold front will cross the region today, bringing showers to much of the region. Low pressure will develop over the Mid Mississippi Valley Friday night and track northeastward across the Mid-Atlantic

through early Sunday. A period of steady rain is expected Saturday afternoon and night, with freezing rain possible over the higher elevations. High pressure and dry weather are expected to return later Sunday into early next week.