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avatar Zion: Cliff Fire
August 01, 2009 06:03PM
Cliff Fire Update
Date: July 30, 2009
Contact: David Eaker, 435-772-7811

A wildfire that moved into the park on Wednesday, July 29 has forced the closure of the Kolob Canyons District of Zion National Park. This fire, driven by southwest winds, has the potential to quickly move through the park and threaten the safety of visitors. Because of that, Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth has closed the entire Kolob Canyons District of the park. The closure 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 as does the Zion Canyon area of the park, near Springdale. These closures will remain in effect until it is safe to reopen the road and trails.

The Cliff Fire was ignited by lightning on Tuesday night, July 28 during a strong thunderstorm that passed through the area. The fire is estimated at 750 acres (350 acres in the park) and is currently burning on National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. The fire started on Black Ridge (BLM lands), 2 miles east of Interstate 15 and 6 miles south of the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center and has been moving in a northeastern direction into the park’s LaVerkin and Timber Creek Drainages. The fire is burning in pinyon-juniper vegetation in a very inaccessible and rugged area, making suppression efforts difficult. The fire is being managed by a local Type III Interagency Team under the direction of Taiga Rohrer. There are currently 100 firefighters and five helicopters assigned to fire. More resources will be brought in as needed.

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

For more information on the Cliff Fire call 435-772-7811 or visit http://www.nps.gov/zion/naturescience/current-fire-information.htm
avatar Re: Zion: Cliff Fire
August 02, 2009 02:27PM
(I opened this thread thinking Zion was doing a Firefall)
avatar Cliff Fire in Zion National Park Fully Contained
August 03, 2009 01:07AM
Cliff Fire in Zion National Park Fully Contained
Date: August 2, 2009
Contact: David Eaker, 435-772-7811

This will be the last fire update on the Cliff Fire unless significant events occur.

Firefighters have fully contained the Cliff Fire that has been burning in Zion National Park and adjoining Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. Due to the hard work of the firefighters and some timely precipitation a few days ago the fire was contained yesterday afternoon. With the fire no longer a direct threat to visitors, the Kolob Canyons Scenic Drive has been reopened. In addition, all the trails in the Kolob Canyons area have been reopened to day use only. No overnight camping will be allowed until fire managers are certain there is no longer a threat to backcountry users.

Yesterday, firefighters mopped up any remaining hot spots along the fireline to ensure containment. The fire’s final size is 744 acres of which 306 are in the park and the remaining acreage on BLM Lands. The majority of firefighting resources were released at the end of shift yesterday and were made available for other assignments. Management of the fire will be transferred to a Type IV Incident Commander today. A 20-person Hot Shot Crew will remain on the fire until it is declared out.

The Cliff Fire was ignited by lightning on Tuesday night, July 28 during a strong thunderstorm that passed through the area. The fire started on Black Ridge (BLM lands), 2 miles east of Interstate 15 and 6 miles south of the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center. Driven by winds, the fire quickly moved in a northeastern direction across the park’s boundary and into the LaVerkin Creek Drainage. Firefighters were aided greatly by rain and cool temperatures on Thursday, July 30.

For more information on the Cliff Fire call 435-772-7811 or visit http://www.nps.gov/zion/naturescience/current-fire-information.htm
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