Crews Fight Blaze At Dinosaur National Monument

DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT (AP) — Fire crews are fighting a blaze that closed a campground on the Utah side of Dinosaur National Monument.

Authorities said Friday the visitor’s center remains open as crews work on the 184-acre blaze that started Thursday afternoon near the monument’s Green River Campground.

Campers were evacuated to a nearby site as the fire burned quickly through grass and sagebrush at the monument located along the Colorado border.

The road through the monument was closed near the blaze, though the Quarry Visitor Center and Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall are still accessible.

Dinosaur National Monument spokesman Dan Johnson says authorities hope to contain the fire on Friday and re-open the road and the campground.

Investigators believe the fire was human-caused.

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