Dump fire

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November 16, 1989A fire which started in the Fleeburg dump east of Shenandoah burned some 150 acres of forested land, according to Jane Clarke, a secretary with the Virginia Department of Forestry in Staunton.

The fire was sighted in the dump Monday morning around 7:51, and by 10:30 was into the forest areas, Ms. Clarke said.

The exact location of the fire was three to four miles east of Shenandoah at the end of Va. 608.

The state forestry service requested assistance last Monday night from Shenandoah National Park firefighters, according to Chief Forest Ranger Larry Hakel. Hakel said that some 20 crew members were dispatched to the scene of the blaze Tuesday morning and that they had coordinated efforts in and around the park.

Hakel said that there was little fire damage done to the park, estimating that only a few acres had been damaged.

A line was placed around the fire early Tuesday afternoon and the blaze was contained.

Hakel said that firefighters would concentrate their efforts in and around the line to keep the fire from jumping to other areas.

Ms. Clarke said Tuesday afternoon that the cause of the fire had not been determined. 

~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier

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