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Zion National Park launches prescribed burn

Zion National Park launches prescribed burn

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ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) -- Zion National Park has launched a prescribed fire along the northern portion of the park boundary.

The burn will run throughout the week and then smolder for an extended period. Smoke from the burn has been noticeable in Zion Canyon in the mornings and is expected to continue for the next few days.

The Three Finger Mesa prescribed burn covers 2,100 acres total in the Goose Creek Drainage.

Park officials say the goal of the fire is to maintain boundary protection by reducing hazardous fuels and to maintain the role fire plays in the ecosystem.

People with respiratory problems should stay inside with the windows closed during periods when smoke is at its highest levels.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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