via National Park Service
The Neighbor Mountain Fire in the north district of Shenandoah National Park has grown to approximately 200 acres. Firefighters are on the ground working to contain the fire.
The fire, which is burning entirely within the park on Neighbor Mountain, in Page County, was reported to the park Tuesday morning at approximately 6:40 a.m. Lightning is likely to be the cause of the fire. The fire is moving on the surface of the forest floor where hardwood leaf litter has accumulated.
To ensure visitor safety, the following trail closures are in effect until further notice: Appalachian Trail between Elkwallow and Beahms Gap, Jeremys Run, Knob Mountain, Knob Mountain Cutoff, and Neighbor Mountain. Byrds Nest #4 Shelter and Jeremys Run Overlook are also closed. The rest of the park remains open.
Firefighters are working to contain the fire. Resources assigned to the fire include personnel from the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Virginia Department of Forestry, and Mississippi Forestry Commission. Additional firefighters and equipment, including volunteers from Rappahannock County, are en route.
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