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Shenandoah National Park closes parts of Skyline Drive, Appalachian Trail due to wildfire

Crystal Graham
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Shenandoah National Park has closed nearly 10 miles of Skyline Drive and parts of the Appalachian Trail due to wildfires in the area.

Skyline Drive from Thornton Gap (mile 31.5) to Mathews Arm (mile 22.1) is closed due to the Rocky Branch wildfire.

Trail closures include the Appalachian Trail from Elkwallow to Beahms Gap, Rocky Branch, Neighbor Mountain, Jeremys Run, and Byrds Nest 4.

A parkwide fire ban remains in effect.

The fire started Wednesday afternoon and is estimated to be 450 acres burning timber litter.

Firefighters are continuing suppression activities and establishing a fire line.

Fire officials estimate 10 percent containment as of Wednesday night.

The National Park Service firefighters are working in partnership with Luray Fire Department and Virginia Department of Forestry.

No structures are immediately threatened by the fire.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.