A large brush fire was triggered by Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s New Year’s Eve firework show on Sunday evening around 9:20pm.
According to park communications manager Ron Vample, the fire was extinguished within 15 minutes of its ignition.
The extent of the damage to the Rhine River Trestle and surrounding areas is still being assessed by the park as of early Monday afternoon.
The following map depicts our rough approximation of the impacted areas. We will refine it further as more information comes to light.
Pictures from the first moments of the fire on the Rhine River Trestle can be found below. Full photo credit goes to Dani Reese Nixon who originally posted these images to her Facebook page.
This article will be updated as we learn more about the New Year’s Eve fire at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Any updates made to this post will be noted on our Twitter account.
If you were at the park on Sunday and would like to share your experience or pictures, please contact us here or via our Facebook page, here.
Thanks to WAVY News reporter Brandi Cummings for staying on top of the story as it happened. Additionally, thanks to Luke from the ParkFans Forum for notifying us about the event so quickly and posting it to the forum.