Mile marker 166 Fire shuts down Highway 40 between Dinosaur and Vernal, Utah

Smoke rises from a bushfire near mile marker 166 on US Highway 40 east of Vernal, Utah and west of the Colorado border.
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Approximately 200 acres of cheatgrass and brush burn west of Dinosaur and east of Vernal, Utah on US Highway 40, as reported by Uintah Basin Standard and Vernal Express.

According to Cheryl Nelsen, Center Manager, the fire is referred to as Mile Marker 166 Fire by the Uintah Basin Interagency Center Dispatch.

Rescue workers continue to try to contain the flames. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Emergency services include the Naples, Jensen, and Vernal volunteer firefighters of Utah, the Bureau of Land Management, and two National Park Service trucks from the Dinosaur National Monument.
According to the emergency scanner, Highway 40 at the Green River Bridge in Jensen is closed. The fire has skipped the line of fire and the crews are trying to contain the fire.

The Craig Daily Press will cover more of this story as it develops.

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