Fire in Zion National Park burns 900 acres

Fire in Zion National Park burns 900 acres

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ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) -- A fire that has burned 900 acres in Zion National Park has forced more trail closures.

The fire was first spotted July 7 just over a mile southeast of Lava Point, in the northern portion of the park.

Park officials said Monday the increased fire activity over the weekend prompted them to expand closures to a portion of the West Rim Trail. The trail is now closed from Lava Point to the junction with the Telephone Canyon Trail. Imlay Canyon is also closed.

The fire is being allowed to burn east of the West Rim Trail to benefit the ecosystem. Fire officials hope it will run out of fuel when it reaches an area that burned last fall.

The fire is 25 percent contained.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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