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Road reopened after wildfire forces its closure in Zion National Park

Posted at 7:32 PM, Jul 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-21 11:00:51-04

SPRINGDALE, Utah — A wildfire broke out at Zion National Park Wednesday evening, causing officials to close the nearby Kolob Terrace road while crews respond.

The road was reopened Thursday morning, but park visitors will have to follow a pilot car past the Kolob Upper Fire near Maloney Hill, which is about 15 driving miles north of State Rt. 9.

Zion-Canyon Scenic Drive and Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway are open/not affected.

The "Kolob Upper Fire" was discovered in Zion National Park at 4:30 p.m. near Maloney Hill and has scorched 20-30 acres so far.

Officials say firefighters from the National Park Service and partners are responding to the fire.