Post from: Heather Brave Marie at Shenandoah National Park.
Good morning everyone! I just wanted to give you an update on the Rocky Mountain Fire in Shenandoah National Park. At this time the fire has now been 90% contained. Current weather conditions are favorable with some rain expected, currently the park service is working to clean up the trails and prepare them so that they are safe when they are reopened. Full containment is hoped to be reached by May 3rd. There is no official word right now when the Appalachian Trail is expecte…d to reopen. It is still closed as of now from Rock Hut Gap to Powell Gap. Shuttles will run until trail reopens.
We (myself and a volunteer group I put together) are still shuttling hikers around the fires, 53 as of yesterday with 8/9 at the Pavillion this a.m.. Shuttles run from Waynesboro Pavillion/ the free hiker camp area to Swift Run Gap and back for South bounders. If you have any questions feel free to call the Incident Command Post or message me in regards to the shuttle thank you.
Below are some pictures (not mine) that I am sharing from the Shenandoah National Park Service website. A big thank you goes out to all of those involved in fighting the fires, the National Park Service as well as the Ridge Runners for keeping everyone safe.