Quaker Run fire has entered national park property
MADISON COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A wildfire in Madison County has now spread into the Shenandoah National Park.
According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, the Quaker Run Road Fire has burned about 30 acres of land inside the national park.
National Park Service personnel are supporting DOF efforts to contain the fire and will be assessing any potential impacts it has on park resources and facilities.
As of Tuesday night, the fire has burned nearly 600 acres in total, but firefighters have now established a fire line around the entire area.
However, DOF says this does not mean the fire is considered 100 percent contained as there is still a lot of fuel for it to burn inside that fire line.
No structures have been threatened or damaged by this fire.
At this time, fire crews are working to strengthen fire lines and watch for any area where the fire might jump them.
Windy conditions are in the forecast, which DOF says increases the chances of the fire crossing an established fire line.
Officials say they are counting on the fire burning itself out, and if conditions allow, firefighters will speed that process up by back-burning.