Lightning Starts Five Fires in Dinosaur National Monument
Contact: Dan Johnson, (435) 781-7702
Dinosaur, CO – Lightning strikes from a Thursday storm started five fires within Dinosaur National Monument according to Joe Flores, Fire Management Officer. All five fires are located on the Colorado side of the Monument.
Three of the five fires have been successfully controlled. The Echo Fire was located near the Echo Park Overlook on the Harpers Corner Road. The Pool Fire was between Pool Creek and Trail Draw and the Limestone Fire was near the Iron Springs Bench area.
The other two fires, Wild and Hacking, are located on Wild Mountain within the monument boundaries. The two fires together cover approximately 150 acres. A fire module is on scene. At this time, they are being managed for their benefits to monument resources. Located in a remote area, neither fire poses any threat to property outside the monument boundaries or any monument facilities. Firefighters are coordinating with private inholdings within that portion of the monument to protect private property. An additional fire module and helicopter support has been requested and is on its way to assist in managing the fires.
Visitors are advised to avoid the Wild Mountain area of the monument both for their safety and to not interfere with fire operations. None of the fires are located near the Dinosaur Quarry and visitor services or facilities have not been affected by fire operations. For more information on Dinosaur National Monument, call us at (435) 781-7700.
Did You Know?
Paleontologist Earl Douglass first came to Utah looking for mammal fossils. He returned in 1909 and discovered an immense deposit of dinosaur bones, now protected at Dinosaur National Monument. Although made famous by dinosaurs, Douglass died preferring his beloved mammal fossils over dinosaurs.