NEW: SNP Plans Prescribed Burn
LURAY - Shenandoah National Park fire managers plan to burn 35 acres of Big Meadows between Sept. 20 and Oct. 10, weather permitting, the agency announced Thursday.
A portion of Big Meadows (milepost 51), the open area across from the Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center, is burned each year to maintain the open vista by preventing encroachment by trees and shrubs.
The burn is anticipated to take one day to complete. Smoke from the burn may be visible in and around the Big Meadows area. Visitors driving in areas of smoke should take additional care by dropping speeds and ensuring their headlights are on. All park facilities will remain open during the prescribed burn.
Access to Big Meadows will be restricted during the burn.