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Monday, June 20, 2005

River Flows Down But Fire Danger Up

Rivers throughout Utah are returning to normal flows after a spring of exceptionally high runoff.

The Narrows and some other canyon hikes in Zion National Park were closed for a time because streamflows were dangerous, but the canyons are reopening now as flows decline. The next few weeks will provide generally good canyoneering conditions. Always check at the visitors center or talk to a ranger before challenging backcountry routes.

Grass and other plants grew profusely this spring because of the abundant moisture. Now the grass is drying out and the fire danger is high in some areas. Zion officials have now implemented campfire restrictions and prohibited smoking on trails. Details.

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