Fire near national park continues to grow
MADISON COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A wildland fire in Madison County is continuing to grow at a rapid rate.
The Virginia Department of Forestry reports the fire near Quaker Run Road is on private land and has burned 125 acres as of Friday morning.
Local, state and federal units are on the scene, but the fire is only about 10 percent contained.
As of Thursday evening, no structures were being threatened by or had been damaged by the fire.
It is located in remote, steep and rocky terrain, which is making fire containment efforts difficult. Officials say it will likely take several days to contain this fire.
Crews from Madison County, Orange County and Greene County are all working on the fire as well as the U.S. Forest Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.
The National Park Service is also aware of the situation due to the fire’s location near the Shenandoah National Park.
Madison County crews first responded to the fire on Tuesday afternoon.
Smoke from this fire is visible across several counties.