NEW: Burn Ban Issued For Rockingham County

NWS Issues Wildfire Threat Advisory

Posted: March 14, 2014

Daily News-Record

The Rockingham County fire marshal issued a open air burning ban for the county today.

The National Weather Service issued an alert this morning for an enhanced threat for the spread of wildfires this afternoon.

The NWS states that southwest winds will be sustained around 15 miles per hour with gusts around 25 this afternoon. The relative humity will drop between 15 and 25 percent. The comination of winds and low humity will enhance the threat for the spread of wildfires.

There have been several wildfires already in the Shenandoah Valley in the past two weeks.

On Thursday, Shenandoah National Park fire personnel declared the Rocks Mountain Fire 100 percent contained.

The fire, in the South District just northeast of Crimora, was reported on Feb. 28. It burned 464 acres.

Fire crews say an illegal campfire started the blaze.

The Riprap, Wildcat Ridge, Rocks Mountain and Paine Run trails still remain closed.

On Wednesday night, several fire departments responded to a forest fire on Runions Creek Road near Broadway.

The fire was reported shortly before 8 p.m. and was out shortly after 11 p.m. The size of the fire is unclear, but was much smaller than the Rocks Mountain fire.

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