Shenandoah National Park
Neighbor Mountain Fire Incident Update
Saturday, June 30 2012
Linda Friar, Incident PIO 786-385-0067
Fire was first reported on June 26, 2012 at approximately 6:40 a.m. on
Neighbor Mountain in Shenandoah National Park in Page County.
Estimated at 827 acres as of 1:00 pm 6/29/12, and entirely within the boundaries of
Shenandoah National Park.
0%. No estimated date of containment.
The fire is burning in steep, rocky terrain. The forest is a mix of
hardwoods, mountain laurel, blueberry and leaf litter.
Additional fire crews from New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, and
Massachusetts are in place today and will augment local crews’ efforts to continue
construction of a fire line around the fire.
The Southern Area Red Team, as a Type 2 incident management
team, has established a unified command with the Virginia Dept. of Forestry to manage
the fire. Resources assigned to the fire include personnel from the National Park
Service, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Virginia Department of
Forestry, and Mississippi Forestry Commission.
No immediate threats to structures.
The thunderstorm last night has resulted in closures of the north and south
districts of the Skyline Drive: mile 4.6 through mile 31.5 at Thornton Gap and
Route 33, Swift Run Gap to Route 64, Rockfish Gap. Park staff hope to have that
open later in the day.
The following trails are closed: Appalachian Trail between Elkwallow and Beahms
Gap, Knob Mountain Cutoff, Knob Mountain, Neighbor Mountain, Jeremys Run.
Byrd’s Nest #4 Shelter.
Incident Information Sources:
Incident Management has set up an email account for
communication with the communities – email@example.com. Current information
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