A February fire in Albemarle rejuvenated the landscape-- while destroying a barn, terrifying neighbors, and occupying scores of firefighters.
file photo by Hawes Spencer
A planned burn of 500 acres in the
Jarman's Gap area of Shenandoah National Park that was to commence
Sunday was canceled due to weather, says Park spokesperson Barb
Stewart, who had announced the planned May 1 burn a few days
Park officials had hoped to set fires that would slowly burn
downhill along Waynesboro-side mountain slopes– in order to reduce
the buildup of potentially hazardous fuel on the forest floor and
make way for native flora accustomed to occasional fires.
However, Sunday's combination of light rain and high humidity
convinced Park officials that the resulting smoke would not
"They key phrase was 'weather permitting,'" says Stewart, "and,
alas, the weather did not permit."
Stewart says officials hope to reschedule the burn this fall or
Original story posted April 29 at 11:41am:
500 acres: National Park begins prescribed burn
Shenandoah National Park officials want to alert the public that
they plan to burn 500 acres near Jarman's Gap in the Park's south
district on Sunday and Monday. The May 1 and 2 fires on the
Waynesboro side of the Gap are designed to boost forest health and
reduce the chance of wildfire, according to a Park release.
"The fire will mimic natural processes as much as possible,"
according to the release. "It will be lit in such a way that...