Mop up continues on Neighbor Mountain Fire

From contributed reports

Reduced crews on Wednesday expected to finish mopping up the entire perimeter of the Neighbor Mountain Fire within Shenandoah National Park in Page County, which burned some 2,138 acres after it was ignited by lightning on June 2.

The fire was reported more than 90 percent contained on Monday (July 10), and most out-of-state and local volunteers were headed home; at one point more than 230 men and women worked to contain the fire, building fire lines and conducting burnout operations.

During mop up, crews work the perimeter of the fire to put out any warm or hot spot within 100 feet of the fireline. The fire will continue to burn in some interior areas until significant precipitation is received over the fire area, according to an update from the incident management team. Rain fell in many parts of Virginia on Sunday and Monday – but not on Neighbor Mountain, which is north of U.S. 211 and east of Luray.

Last Friday (July 6), 234 firefighters from 25 states were managed by the National Park Service and Virginia Department of Forestry and conducted mop up operations along the entire containment line.

There were never any immediate threats to structures, but at last report the following trails remain closed: Knob Mountain Cutoff, Knob Mountain, Neighbor Mountain and Jeremys Run. Shenandoah National Park visitor facilities, Skyline Drive, local highways and amenities all remain open.

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