Campfires Restricted at Zion National Park

Campfires Restricted at Zion National Park

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Campfires will be restricted at Zion National Park starting Thursday because of wildfire risks.

A wet spring led to an abundance of grass, which are now drying out in the heat and creating a fire danger, the National Park Service said in a news release. Zion has already had three human-caused fires this spring.

Camp stoves and charcoal fires will still be allowed, but setting a campfire in campgrounds or picnic areas will be prohibited indefinitely.

Smoking is also banned on trails. It is only allowed in an enclosed vehicle or building or designated area.

The restrictions will effect Washington County, Utah, and the Arizona Strip.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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