Crews battle 500-acre forest fire in the Shenandoah National Park

Crews battle 500-acre forest fire in the Shenandoah National Park

(WWBT) - Crews spent their Sunday battling a 500-acre forest fire in the south portion of the Shenandoah National Park. The fire broke out Saturday afternoon, according to the National Park Service's Incident Information System.

A part of Skyline Drive is closed from Swift Run Gap to Loft Mountain. The Appalachian Trail is also closed from Simmons Gap to the Ivy Creek Overlook. The Pinefield Hut is also closed.

The Rocky Mount Trail, the Gap Run Trail, and the Onemile Trail are also closed until further notice.

The park and most of Skyline Drive will remain open, along with all major highways, visitor facilities, and adjacent communities.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but rangers say it was likely started by humans.

The National Park Service and the Virginia Department of Forestry responded to the scene.

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