newscrews working to contain 13 acre wildfire in big meadows area of shenandoah national park

Crews working to contain 13-acre wildfire in Big Meadows area of Shenandoah National Park

Chris Graham
Shenandoah National Park
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Several Big Meadows area trails and Rapidan Road remain closed Friday while crews continue to work on the remnants of a wildfire that started Thursday afternoon.

The fire affected just over 13 acres and was contained by National Park Service firefighters and a crew from the United States Forest Service late Thursday evening.

Power has been restored to the Big Meadows area where several facilities opened for the season on Friday.

Big Meadows Wayside, Campground, and Picnic Grounds, as well as the Lewis Mountain area are all now open.

A power line in the area of the blaze necessitated a temporary power outage.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris has won 17 Virginia Press Association awards for his work as an investigative reporter, feature writer and columnist. Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, both published in 2019, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to my YouTube page, Want to reach Chris? Try [email protected].