Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fall Foliage Report - Oct. 14, 2010

Fall colors are revealing themselves across the state. In Southwest Virginia, colors continue to transition away from green. In the New River Valley, approximately one-quarter to one-third of the trees have color. In the Allegheny Mountains, significant color change can be seen in western Highland County as well as the eastern part of the county. In the Shenandoah Valley, the fall color change is underway. Fall colors continue unfolding in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain. At this time, peak colors are expected in the mountains during late October; the Piedmont and Coastal Plain are expected to peak during mid-to-late November.

Fall Fire Season begins on October 15th. When burning leaves, the Virginia Department of Forestry recommends burning small piles, have water on hand and a cell phone nearby to dial 911 if it gets out of control.

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1 comment:

Kevin said...

Hi, I am planning a trip to Shenandoah Park on Oct. 28. From all the research I did, it seemed like every year, the last week of October and first week of November had the most color when driving along Skyline Drive. however, right now I'm worried that I'm going to miss all of it, because all the reports I'm reading, especially on the park's official site, that right now is when all the color is at the peak, and that by the time I go at the end of the month, all the trees will be bare? what do you think? it says your latest post that the colors in Shenandoah are "underway."