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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Zion Backcountry Closed Because of Wildfire

Update: The North Fork Road, just east of the park, has been closed. It leades to a couple results, summer homes, and trailheads.

All backcountry areas in Zion National Park have been closed because of wildfire. The information below is from a park news release:

Due to wildland fire activity in and outside of the park, Zion National Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth is closing the entire backcountry to visitors until further notice. Starting Thursday morning, July 19, no backcountry or canyoneering permits will be issued. The three fires in the Dakota Hill Fire Complex in Zion National Park are all posing threats to most of Zion’s backcountry areas and the safety of visitors. Most frontcountry hiking trails in Zion Canyon will remain open. Lava Point Campground is also closed. Visitors should check at the park visitor center or our website (www.nps.gov/zion) for more information on trail status.

Several other fires are burning in SW Utah but, at this writing, do not pose threats to major recreational areas. Some backcountry roads are closed to public access. The fires are listed below. The information comes from this news release.

1059 – Estimated at 11 acres; 35 miles S of St. George
HWY 12 – Estimated 10 acres; located at the Junction between Highway 89 and Highway 12
Radio – Estimated at 10 acres; burning to NE; 17 miles SW of St. George.
Paradise – Estimated at 50 acres; 20 miles west of Beryl
Red Hollow – Estimated at 100 acres: 5 miles NE of Motoqua
Willow - Estimated at 20 acres; 6 miles S of Minersville
Danish Ranch - Estimated at 25 acres; 5 miles NW of Leeds

This website is updated daily with current fire information.

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