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Fire in Shenandoah National Park tops 5,600 acres

In this Wednesday, April 20, 2016 photo, smoke fills the sky as a forest fire burns in the Shenandoah National Park near Elkton, Va. Crews with the Virginia Department of Forestry worked Wednesday to contain the wildfire. (Michelle Mitchell/News-Virginian via AP)

In this Wednesday, April 20, 2016 photo, smoke fills the sky as a forest fire burns in the Shenandoah National Park near Elkton, Va. Crews with the Virginia Department of Forestry worked Wednesday to contain the wildfire. (Michelle Mitchell/News-Virginian via AP)

LURAY, Va. (AP) — A fire in Shenandoah National Park has now scorched more than 5,600 acres and closed a portion of the Appalachian Trail.

Crews with the Virginia Department of Forestry worked Wednesday to contain the wildfire. There have been no reports of property damage or injuries.

Forestry officials say the wildfire has steadily grown since it was first reported over the weekend. The fire is being fed by tinder dry pine, oak and mountain laurel.

The fire has caused the closure of the Georgia-to-Maine Appalachian Trail from Powell Gap to Doyles River Overlook.

Forestry officials say the cause of the fire is not known.

 

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