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1,000 acres burned in Shennandoah National park and still burning. - February 20, 2011, 01:15 AM

Firefighters from across the country headed to Shenandoah National Park « Warren County Report Newspaper

By Dan McDermott
Warren County Report
FRONT ROYAL — 125 firefighters from Virginia and across the United States are headed to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive to battle a wildfire that has consumed between 800 and 1,000 acres thus far, according to an official with the Warren County, Va. Fire & Rescue Department.
There are currently two large active fires in the area made worse by strong winds throughout the Commonwealth.
The fire currently ravaging the national park started earlier today on Parkside View Drive in Browntown and spread into Shenandoah National Park.
There have been no evacuations in the Browntown area. That fire is largely contained on the Warren County side but is still spreading in the park.
A second fire started on Lookout Point Way in Linden earlier today. A line has been built and/or burned around this fire but it is not contained at this point. It has consumed 50-75 acres thus far. Two homes were lost. Virginia Department of Forestry firefighters are en route to assist.
Limited access has resumed to unaffected areas of Linden. Two shelters have opened for evacuees. One is at the Linden Fire Station and the main shelter is at Skyline High School where Red Cross and Warren County Emergency Management Services are on scene.
The Va. Dept. of Emergency Management said there are more than 100 wildfires burning in many areas of Virginia:
“Firefighters in at least 50 localities have been battling outdoor fires for much of the day supported, in many cases, by neighboring communities. The Virginia Department of Forestry is working two significant fires in Rockingham and Warren counties. Also, the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service are working fires in western Virginia.
“Governor McDonnell has been receiving briefings throughout the day and is closely monitoring the situation along with agency heads and cabinet secretaries.
“Fires have temporarily closed several roads in Virginia including Interstate 64 in New Kent County and I-95 ramps in Prince William County. The Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia State Police have been handling traffic control and detours. Motorists are advised to avoid using Route 60. Routes 5, 10 and 460 are alternate routes.
“Residents in some communities were evacuated when their homes were threatened. An estimated 100 residents in Louisa County have been evacuated, and a temporary shelter is being opened there.”
Thanks to Janet Michael for assisting us in gathering information in Warren County.
Dan McDermott is Publisher of Warren County Report: editor@warrencountyreport.com


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man today was crazy. went in to work (I work at UMD) and decided to go for a run. there was a decent sized brush fire along the running trail by the golf course. on the way home 95N/S was completely closed down due to some fire at a mulch plant. i took the wr250x into the woods to investigate, shit was definitely blowing smoke. i know the wind was def crazy, but what is sparking these things?
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man today was crazy. went in to work (I work at UMD) and decided to go for a run. there was a decent sized brush fire along the running trail by the golf course. on the way home 95N/S was completely closed down due to some fire at a mulch plant. i took the wr250x into the woods to investigate, shit was definitely blowing smoke. i know the wind was def crazy, but what is sparking these things?
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man today was crazy. went in to work (I work at UMD) and decided to go for a run. there was a decent sized brush fire along the running trail by the golf course. on the way home 95N/S was completely closed down due to some fire at a mulch plant. i took the wr250x into the woods to investigate, shit was definitely blowing smoke. i know the wind was def crazy, but what is sparking these things?
I saw that same fire and actually drove thru it just as it was starting and the fire engines were rolling in.

It was off Old Gun Powder Road (irony) and Van Deusen down the block from the Fairland Aquatic and Sports complex in Laurel.

That fire blew thick smoke clouds that could be seen 5 miles away for over 8 hours. My brothers spot is about 3 miles from the mulch plant and smoke clouds descended on the neighborhood like the fire was next door.

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Yep. Those fires are very close to my house. The smoke cloud was huge. They have them contained at this point so we were very blessed it wasn't worse.


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I saw that same fire and actually drove thru it just as it was starting and the fire engines were rolling in.

It was off Old Gun Powder Road (irony) and Van Deusen down the block from the Fairland Aquatic and Sports complex in Laurel.

That fire blew thick smoke clouds that could be seen 5 miles away for over 8 hours. My brothers spot is about 3 miles from the mulch plant and smoke clouds descended on the neighborhood like the fire was next door.

Now everyones house and car smells like we were burning shitty wood inside.
yeah man it was right off of van deusen, i live right by there as well. all the roads including 95 were blocked off by the time i was heading back from work. so i had to find an off road route to get closer.
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Just got back from taking the wife to the place where pops had the accident on RT33. Not sure if we are talking about the same fire, but there was burned areas on the national forest right before the curves on RT33, in fact, some of it was still burning.
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Here are some pics from Front Royal.
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