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FIRE SPREADS NEAR ZION

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A southern Utah forest fire was bounding from treetop to treetop on state lands near Zion National Park on Thursday, having scorched more than 1,500 acres in the Dry Canyon area.

The blaze, believed to have been man-caused, was reported on Saturday burning six miles south of Navajo Lake, authorities said.Zion National Park Administrative Officer Dave Paulissen described the blaze as a "crowning" fire, meaning it was rapidly spreading as it burned the tops of trees.

An army of 40 firefighters was battling the flames.

The fire was burning in oak, ponderosa pine, red cedar and cottonwoods as well as spruce and douglas fir, with no estimated time of containment or control. No injuries or structural property damage were reported.