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Officials: Dinosaur National Monument wildfire human-caused

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JENSEN, Utah (News4Utah) – A small wildfire that burned about 17 acres near Dinosaur National Monument Headquarters is expected to be contained Monday evening.

A motorist reported the wildfire north of Highway 40 Sunday around 6 p.m. 

Crews form Artesia Volunteer Fire Department, Jensen Volunteer Fire Department, Rangely Volunteer Fire Department, the BLM and NPS quickly responded to the fire.

Nearby residents were alerted to the fire, but no evacuation order was issued. No structures were lost or threatened.

National Park Service officials say the fire appears to be human-caused. It remains under investigation.

Any information regarding the cause of the fire should be reported to Chief Ranger Lee Buschkowsky at (970) 629-8683. 

The Canyon Visitor Center and Harper’s Corner Road are open. The Cold Desert Trail near the Canyon Visitor Center is closed until further notice.

Operations at the Quarry Visitor Center and Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall in Utah have not been affected by the fire. They remain open to the public on their normal schedule. 

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