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Updated: Shenandoah National Park forest fire closes part of Skyline Drive

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Rocky Mount fire in Shenandoah National Park. April 18, 2016. Photo by Alan Williams with National Park Service.

By Lynn R. Mitchell

[Also check for fire updates at Bearing Drift.]

A forest fire in Shenandoah National Park that has grown to more than 3,000 acres has disrupted National Parks Week that began Saturday, the same day the Rocky Mount fire broke out in the southern portion of the Park.

Tuesday evening Park spokeswoman Lisa Wilkolak confirmed that Skyline Drive remains closed in the southern section between Swift Run Gap and Loft Mountain Campground.

A narrow plume of smoke rising from the Blue Ridge Mountain ridges within the Park was spotted from Harrisonburg on Saturday and became larger over the weekend as the fire spread. Abundant natural fuel combined with extremely dry conditions, low humidity, and high winds contributed to the fire growing to more than 3,000 acres.

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Clouds and wind in the Valley

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????As thunderstorms rolled in the distance, clouds filled the sky before sunset west of Staunton. High winds that had the area under a Red Flag Warning warned of the possibility of fire and, sure enough, a forest fire broke out on Little North Mountain out Rt. 250 in Jennings Gap west of Churchville. Prayers of safety for the firefighters fighting that blaze in these winds and the storms that have brought little rain.

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