Shenandoah National Park plans prescribed burn at Big Meadows

Prescribed burns

LURAY, March 7 — Fire managers at Shenandoah National Park plan to burn approximately 88 acres of Big Meadows sometime between March 11 and April 15, 2024, weather permitting. A notice will be posted on social media when a date is finalized.

A portion of Big Meadows (mile 51 on Skyline Drive), the open area across from Byrd Visitor Center, is burned each year for the purpose of maintaining the open vista by preventing encroachment from small trees and shrubs.

Fire managers anticipate one day of operations to complete the project. Prescribed burns are ignited by fire managers under a pre-determined set of conditions, including temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, wind direction, fuel moisture and resource availability. Prescribed burns will be conducted as interagency projects, with local support, under the guidance and direction of trained and experienced National Park Service personnel.

Smoke from the burn may be visible in and around the Big Meadows area. Visitors driving in areas of smoke should take additional care by slowing down and ensuring their headlights are on.

All park facilities will remain open during the prescribed burn.

Access to Big Meadows will be restricted during the burn.

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