Burn ban instituted in Shenandoah National Park
LURAY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A burn ban is now in effect in the Shenandoah National Park.
According to a release, the park has implemented a complete fire ban as of 8 a.m. Tuesday due to the ongoing exceptionally dry conditions.
The U.S. Drought Monitor’s most recent data shows the entire national park is under severe drought conditions due to the lack of rainfall.
All fishing was suspended in the park in August because of the low stream flows and high water temperatures being seen at that time.
Conditions have not improved.
Under this ban, building, attending, maintaining or using an open fire anywhere within the boundaries of the park is prohibited.
This includes all wood, charcoal, coal or other solid-fuel open-air fires and fires in grates, grills, rings or pits in campgrounds, picnic areas, shelters and huts.
Smoking is also prohibited in all areas of the park with the exception of inside vehicles and at established paved or gravel parking areas. Proper and safe disposal of smoking materials is required.
The release says this ban will remain in effect until conditions improve with significant rain or snow over time.
The Quaker Run Road fire in Madison County has burned more than 670 acres inside the park.
Multiple agencies are working to suppress the fire, which has burned some 2,800 acres since Oct. 24.