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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Wildfires Hamper Travel at North Rim and Zion

Wild fires in southern Utah and northern Arizona are hampering travel and recreation in specific areas. Fire conditions can change rapidly so monitor local news reports for areas you may wish to visit.

No injuries or deaths have been reported from these fires.

Grand Canyon North Rim and Hwy 67A are closed because of a fire burning in the forest north of the North Rim. The fire is not in the national park but has closed the only paved highway access to that part of the park. Tourists stranded at the North Rim are being escorted to safety. Nobody knows when public access to the North Rim will reopen. More information.

Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park is closed because of a wildfire. The Kolob Terrace Road from Virgin is closed. Lava Point Campground is closed, as are all trails originating in that area. Huber Wash, Chinle and other trails in the Park’s southwest desert are also closed. Hwy 9, the main access road to the park, was closed briefly but is now open. More details.

The tiny community of Terra, in Tooele County west of Salt Lake City, was threatened by a fire sparked by lightning about 4:30 pm Monday. The blaze was expected to be contained quickly and no additional information is available at this time. The area, along Utah Road 199, is sparsely populated. There are no major highways or recreational sites in the area.

Fires are also burning NW of St George and NE of Vernal, but at this time they are not threatening major roads or recreational areas.

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