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Update on Split Top Fires in Dinosaur National Monument

Split Top 1 and Split Top 2 fires, view from air
Split Top 1 and Split Top 2 fires as seen from the air.
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Date: August 27, 2008
Contact: Carla Beasley, (435)781-7700

Split Top 1 made an easterly run along the top of Split Mountain yesterday, growing to between 70-100 acres in size. The fire is still burning within expected and defined areas.

Split Top 2 did not show much growth and was only estimated to be about a quarter acre in size Tuesday evening. Split Top 3 was not showing any activity.

Visitors can expect to see smoke this afternoon, but the fires are not expected to grow as much today due to lighter winds compared to Tuesday. Firefighters will continue to monitor all three fires, keeping firefighter and public safety as priority.

Did You Know?

Photo of paleontologist Earl Douglass.

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.