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Fire outside Zion National Park entrance closes road

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 19:46:57-05

SPRINGDALE, Utah — A small fire broke out near an entrance to Zion National Park Wednesday, backing up traffic heading into Utah's most popular destination.

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The fire, which was just under five acres and put out before 4 p.m., was located just outside the park's Springdale entrance. Traffic on State Road 9 was closed for a short period of time before reopening.

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Because of a wind advisory in Washington County that includes Zion National Park, the potential existed for the fire to become more dangerous than it was. High winds could have fanned the flames, making the fire difficult to extinguish.

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The National Park Service says the fire was human caused and is under investigation.

No injuries were reported and traffic has cleared in the area.