~ Press release provided by Shenandoah National Park
LURAY, Sept. 13 — Mop-up efforts are currently underway at the Millers Head fire [near Skyland] in Shenandoah National Park. The approximately two-and-a-half-acre fire in steep and rocky terrain [on the western slope of the Blue Ridge just east of the Ida area] is 60 percent contained.
Firefighters have established a fire line around the fire perimeter and are extinguishing hot spots throughout the area to keep it from reigniting trees, grass, or other natural forest debris. [As of Sunday’s report, the wildfire was still smoldering in timber and leaf litter, and it was only 10 percent contained.]
Firefighters from the National Park Service, Virginia Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, and a Fire Department Engine crew for the State of Colorado have been actively working to contain the fire since it started late afternoon on Friday, Sept. 8.
Initial reports indicate the fire is naturally caused.
Park structures are not affected by the fire and all park trails and facilities are open.
Updates on the Miller’s Head fire are available on https://www.facebook.com/shenandoahnps
For more on the Miller’s Head Trail, CLICK HERE.