JENSEN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Fire crews responded to a fire within Dinosaur National Monument Thursday afternoon.
The fire is southwest of the Green River Campground on the Utah side of the monument. The Green Fire was reported at around 4:30 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
An interagency crew consisting of staff from the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and Jensen Fire Department responded to the fire. Additionally, a helicopter based in Rifle, Colorado provided air support.
The Green River Campground was evacuated and will remain closed through the night. The road through the monument is currently closed at the turn off for the Split Mountain Campground and the Cub Creek Road on the east side of the Green River Bridge. Local traffic only will be allowed through, but all other traffic is prohibited due to fire personnel on the road. Officials anticipate that the campground and road will reopen in the afternoon on Friday, September 2, 2016.
The fire, estimated at around 40 acres, burned quickly through grass and sagebrush.
Containment is expected Thursday night, but crews will continue to work to extinguish hot spots through Friday. Smoke will be visible in the area.
Operations at the Quarry Visitor Center and Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall have not been affected by the fire. They remain open to the public on their normal schedule.