Visitors To Shenandoah National Park Asked To Be Careful


Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park/Kurt Repanshek

With the busy fall color season soon to reach Shenandoah National Park, park officials are urging visitors to be careful with fire due to extreme fire danger/Kurt Repanshek file

Shenandoah National Park officials, who a week ago shut down angling in the park due to low streamflows and high water temperatures, now are urging visitors to be extremely cautious with fire because of the high fire danger in the park.

“Being aware of the obvious like cigarettes and campfires is certainly something we want everyone to do, but it’s also important to pay attention to other less obvious hazards,” said Joe Jarrells, a park fire technician.

With conditions dryer than usual, heat or sparks from vehicle exhausts can ignite grasses along Skyline Drive so parking on asphalt or gravel is recommended, a park release said Thursday.

Fires are prohibited in the park except in park-built fire grates in picnic areas, campgrounds, and at other facilities. While the park has not yet banned campfires, officials are urging visitors to be certain they are extinguished completely before leaving. Be sure to bring a container to carry water and something to stir with. Officials recommend dousing the fire with water, then stirring it to spread the coals. Don’t leave until the area has cooled completely. 

Shenandoah received less than two inches of rain in July and August. To date, the park has had 25.94 inches of rain, considerably off the mark to reach the yearly average of 56.54.  

As Shenandoah’s busiest month approaches along with the fall fire season, park officials are asking for the public’s help in preventing wildfires. If you see smoke or fire in the park, please call the emergency phone line: 800-732-0911. 

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