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Firefighters work to contain fires in Zion park, Payson

Firefighters work to contain fires in Zion park, Payson

By Jasen Lee | Posted - Sep. 5, 2011 at 12:39 p.m.



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ZION NATIONAL PARK — The lightning-caused Herbs Fire continued to burn Monday on Herbs Point, an isolated mesa top located in a remote area of the Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park.

The fire was not posing any immediate threats to public or private structures or property, and there were no closures or evacuations associated with the fire.

Firefighters made good progress Sunday in containing the blaze and preventing it from spreading to private lands to the north, according to a news release. By late Monday morning, the fire was 45 percent contained and had burned 260 acres.

Crews hoped to reach full containment by late evening or Tuesday.

Smoke from the fire was still visible from the I-15 corridor and could continue until the fire is out. Rain forecast for Monday could aid firefighters in their control efforts.

• Meanwhile, the Broad Hollow Fire that started burning at West Mountain near Payson in Utah County was completely contained Monday evening. The grass and brush fueled blaze started around 1 p.m. Sunday and scorched 38 acres. The fire did not damage any structures.

As of Sunday evening, the cause of the fire was not known.

• Fire crews are attacking a small brush fire burning on private land on the West side of Utah Lake. The fire has burned three acres and is expected to be controlled by 7:30 p.m. Crews are attacking the flames from the air and ground. Officials say the fire was caused by human involvement, but did not give specifics.

No structures are threatened and officials say the spread potential is moderate.

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