Zion National Park closes backcountry because of fires | AspenTimes.com

Zion National Park closes backcountry because of fires

The Associated Press
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SALT LAKE CITY ” Wildfires forced Zion National Park to close the backcountry to hiking, climbing and rappelling Thursday.

The Dakota Hill fires are “posing threats to most of Zions backcountry areas and the safety of visitors,” the park said.

Smoke has been heavy, especially in the evening and early morning when it settles in the canyons.

One of the three fires has burned more than 1,200 acres, or 1.8 square miles. The others have burned 140 acres, the park said.

The main trails in the park’s Zion Canyon were still open. Zion is in Utah’s southwestern corner, 150 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

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