WASHINGTON – Access to Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park will be restricted to the public during a planned burn by the park’s fire managers.
Between Oct. 1 and Oct. 15 officials plan to burn 35 acres, weather permitting.
Every year, the open area across from Byrd Visitor Center is burned to prevent encroaching trees and shrubs from blocking the view.
The fires are set by fire managers who wait for pre-determined condtions, including weather, fuel moisture and resource availability.
The burn is expected to last one day and smoke will be visible in and around the Big Meadows area.
All park facilities will be open during the burn, but visitors should take extra caution in areas with smoke.
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