Wildland Fire Burning in Kolob Canyons Area of Zion National Park
Contact: David Eaker, 435-772-7811
Contact: Taiga Rohrer, 435-7727842
A wildland fire is currently burning in a remote section of the Kolob Canyons area of Zion National Park. The Spring Creek Fire is located in the upper reaches of the Camp Creek drainage in the far northern section of the park. It is currently estimated at two acres and it not threatening anything at this time.
Due to the fire’s remote location, no safe access for firefighters and cost efficiencies it is being managed under a confine/contain strategy. The fire is being monitored daily from the ground as well as by aerial observations. If fire activity increases and/or it threatens to escape from the park boundary, other management actions, including suppression, may be taken.
Smoke from this fire is visible from the Interstate 15 corridor, especially between mile markers 44-48. It is also visible by residents living in the Kanarravile and New Harmony areas. The fire should continue to put up smoke for a week or more or until it burns itself out or suppression actions are taken. Residences and visitors are asked to not report the fire. There are no closures associated with the fire at this time.
Wildland fire management within the National Park Service is conducted to support resource management objectives. The full range of strategic options is available to managers provided selected options to not compromise firefighter and public safety, cost-effectivness, benefits and values to be protected. Suppression of unwanted, potententially environmentally damaging wildland fires is guided by fire management plan direction. Options may include fire as either a natural process or as a management tool.
Did You Know?
The Olympic Torch passed through Zion National Park enroute to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics