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Snowstorm dampens Shenandoah National Park fire

Thursday - 3/6/2014, 7:50am  ET

CRIMORA, Va. (AP) -- Firefighters battling a wildfire in Shenandoah National Park have gotten some help from Mother Nature.

The National Park Service says rain, sleet and snow late Sunday and most of Monday dampened the Rocks Mountain Fire before it reached containment lines.

The fire burned about 450 acres in the park's South District northeast of Crimora before the storm.

Firefighters will look for hot spots when the snow melts.

Shenandoah Superintendent Jim Northup says in a news release that the goal is to contain the fire to the park.

The fire was reported of Feb. 28. The cause is under investigation.

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

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