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UPDATE: Rocks Mountain Fire at SNP Out

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UPDATE Shenandoah National Park Press Release 3/20/2014: 

Due to the significant snow fall early this week, Shenandoah National Park fire  personnel have declared the Rocks Mountain Fire out. All trails in the area have been reopened to the public.

The fire, which was reported to the park at approximately 3:10 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014, burned 464 acres.

UPDATE: Shenandoah National Park Press Release 3/4/2014:

Luray, Virginia: Before the fire reached containment lines, rain, sleet and snow fell on the Rocks Mountain Fire late Sunday and much of Monday. Fire managers will continue to monitor the fire and, when the snow melts, firefighters will patrol the area for hot spots. Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Jim Northup said: “The goal remains to keep the fire inside the park and, thanks to the firefighters’ hard work and the precipitation, we’re confident we can do that.”

The area burned prior to the arrival of the winter storm encompasses approximately 450 acres in the park’s South District, just northeast of Crimora, Virginia. Previous estimated acreages were low. The fire was reported to the park at approximately 3:10 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The following trails remain closed: Riprap, Wildcat Ridge, Rocks Mountain and Paine Run.

Shenandoah National Park News Release:

Luray, Virginia: Shenandoah National Park personnel are responding to the Rocks Mountain fire located in the South District of the park. Personnel are currently sizing up the fire and staging resources in the area. Early estimates put the fire at approximately 70 acres.

The fire, which is burning entirely within the park on Rocks Mountain, was reported to park at approximately 3:10 p.m. today.

Due to the fire and to ensure visitor safety, following trail closures are in effect until further notice: Riprap, Wildcat Ridge and Rocks Mountain.

The rest of the park including the Skyline remains.

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