Quaker Run fire now 'under control'
MADISON COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- State officials report a wildfire in Madison County is now under control.
The Quaker Run fire has been burning since Oct. 24.
It has damaged 3,937 acres in Madison County, including several hundred inside the Shenandoah National Park.
As of Wednesday morning, the fire is 61 percent contained.
According to a release, containment lines held during Tuesday’s windy conditions.
There was a small area in the eastern part of the fire that saw some reburn, but firefighters were able to quickly put that out.
The historic Rapidan Camp is no longer considered threatened.
On Wednesday, firefighters will begin repair work on trails that have been damaged inside the national park as well as remove pumps and hoses stationed at Rapidan Camp.
Residents may still be seeing smoky conditions in the area, but fire officials say that smoke is no longer coming from the Madison County fire. Instead, the smoke is coming from other fires across Virginia.
The Virginia Department of Forestry says wildfires have burned more than 9,000 acres.
Due to persistent dry and windy conditions, 25 localities, including Madison County, have issued burn bans.
All Virginians are encouraged to delay burning any debris until there has been significant rainfall and the conditions have improved.
As of Wednesday, the Central Virginia area is seeing a rainfall deficit of about 17.5 inches for the year.