Fire in Dinosaur National Monument

Suppression efforts for a fire that started in Dinosaur National Monument over the weekend are expected to continue throughout the week. Fire crews from the Monument along with several other agencies responded to the fire north of the Yampa Bench Road, about 2 miles west of Haystack Rock,on Friday. The fire is being called the Bench Fire and was among several fires ignited in the area after a storm moved over the eastern portion of the Monument on Friday. As of Saturday night, the Bench Fire had reached between 400 and 500 acres. Conditions are expected to be hot, windy and dry for the next several days, hindering suppression actions and requiring more resources and crews. Aircraft will be assisting with water drops. The Yampa Bench Road is expected to be closed for the next week between Thanksgiving Gorge and the Castle Park Overlook as suppression efforts continue.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.