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Fire forces closure of 16-mile section of Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia

Chris Graham
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Photo: U.S. Forest Service

Smoke and a nearby fire has forced the closure of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Milepost 29 to Milepost 45 in Virginia.

That section of the parkway is expected to remain closed until at least 10 a.m. Sunday, depending on weather and containment.

The 48-acre fire is burning on both National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service land. Fire personnel are on the scene.

Cooperating agencies include the U.S. Forest Service, Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia Department of Forestry, Amherst County Public Safety, the Pedlar Volunteer Fire Department and the Amherst Fire Department.

As of 1 p.m. Saturday, the fire is over 50 percent contained.

Forest Service Road 76 (known as Jordan Road) leading to Oronoco Campground is closed at the Pedlar River and is expected to reopen on April 25.

The cause of the wildfire is undermined at this time.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].