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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Zion's Kolob Canyons Closed Because of Wildfire

The entire Kolob Canyons district in Zion National Park is closed because of a wildfire. The closed area includes the five mile Kolob Canyons Scenic Drive (located at Exit 40 on Interstate 15), and all trails leading from it. These trails include LaVerkin Creek, Middle Fork of Taylor Creek, Timber Creek Overlook and Hop Valley. The Kolob Canyons Visitor Center remains open.

The Zion Canyon area of the park is open and not affected by the fire. Zion Canyon is the most popular area for tourists. It is located near the town of Springdale.

The fire is very visible from Interstate 15. For safety concerns, the public is asked not to stop along the highway.

Here is more info about that fire. In addition, the Park Service provided this news release.

Another fire continues to burn near Lava Point, also in Zion Park. The West Rim Trail from Lava Point to Potato Hollow has been temporarily closed for visitor safety. Here is more info about that fire.

Several other fires are burning in Utah but they are not hampering travel or recreation at this time.

Most Utah wildfires are caused by lightning. Afternoon thunderstorms are common during this season and can spark fires anywhere. Most such fires die quickly.

This website has current information about Utah wildfires.

People traveling and recreating in the backcountry are urged to be extremely careful with fire. Please learn about and follow fire restrictions in the areas you visit.


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