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Oak Grove campground closed indefinitely for fire hazard

Published: Tuesday, July 1 2014 4:35 p.m. MDT

Oak Grove campground will be closed until further notice due to severe fire hazard in southern Utah and the one-way in, one-way out access into the campground.

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ST. GEORGE — Oak Grove campground will be closed until further notice due to severe fire hazard in southern Utah and the one-way in, one-way out access into the campground.

Crews notified campers Tuesday morning.

Fire restrictions are in effect for most of southwest Utah due to drought conditions and hot temperatures.

"It is a long way up there to Oak Grove. If a fire were to start at the bottom, anyone in that campground would not be in a good spot," said Ken Henson, fire management officer for the Pine Valley Ranger District.

"With the current fire conditions we are looking at, closing Oak Grove Campground is a necessary step for ensuring public safety," said Joe Rechsteiner, the Pine Valley District ranger.

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