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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Roads, Trails Reopen as Wildfire Danger Subsides

Fires in the Zion Park National Park backcountry are essentially contained and so the park is reopening most trails that were closed. Trail closures in Dixie National Forest have also been lifted. In addition, most of the North Fork Road has reopened and the evacuation order has been lifted.

Roads and trails in Zion Canyon (the most popular part of the park) were never threatened or closed. The fire affected the backcountry area and some popular backcountry trails were closed but are now reopening. For information on specific areas in the park, talk to the people in the visitors' centers or call 435-772-3256.

Crews have also made progress battling the Salt Creek Fire along the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway east of Nephi, in central Utah. Here's the latest available info on that area:

- Hwy 132 is now open

- Big Hollow Road and Water Hollow Road remain closed.

- The Nebo Loop National Scenic Byway is closed from the intersection of the Loop Road with the Santaquin Canyon Road and south to Salt Creek Canyon. The Nebo Loop is open from Payson to the intersection with the Santaquin Canyon Road. That includes Blackhawk and Payson Lakes Campground and Maple Dell Boy Scout Camp.

Fire restrictions remain in place. No campfires are allowed on any lands in Utah outside of developed, designated campgrounds. Barbeques and charcoal are prohibited outside of campgrounds. Propane stoves are permitted. Fireworks are prohibited on federal and state land. Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least thee feet in diameter that is free of all flammable materials.

Other fires in Utah are not threatening popular recreational areas or restricting travel.

Watch this website for current fire information.


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