Crews continue work on Dinosaur monument fire |

Crews continue work on Dinosaur monument fire

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

A lighting strike Monday started a fire on Split Top Mountain, about three miles north of the Utah temporary visitor’s center in Dinosaur National Monument, the National Park Service reported.

As of Friday, the fire had burned about 420 acres of mostly grass, sage and juniper, with some Ponderosa Pine, according to a news release. Fire growth was minimal Thursday.

“Firefighters observed very little activity on the north and south,” the news release reported.

There are no structures threatened by the fire, and there have been no evacuations or area closures.

“The fire may produce increased smoke during the heat of the day and may reduce visibility along the Island Park Road leading to Rainbow Park,” the Park service reported.

Friday’s objectives for firefighters and a helicopter were working on the fire’s northern and western flanks to stop movement to the north and west.

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“The fire is burning entirely within the Dinosaur National Monument boundaries,” Park Service officials said. “Minimum impact management techniques are being used to contain and confine the fire within the boundaries of the monument.”

For information on fires in Dinosaur National Monument, call 435-781-7702 or visit the Web site,

Moffat County fires fully contained

On Thursday, fire crews contained two fires that started earlier this week. The 25,385-acre Mayberry Fire and the 956-acre Lone Fire were both 100 percent contained. The Prong Fire, located 23 miles northwest of Craig, was fully contained Wednesday.

Investigation into a crash that occurred Wednesday at a fire near Meeker still is ongoing, The pilot of the single-engine air tanker was released from a Grand Junction hospital with minor injuries.