VERNAL A fire burning inside Dinosaur National Monument has reached 425 acres.
The blaze is consuming ponderosa pines on the east side of the park and juniper tress and grass on the west side, said National Park Services spokeswoman Carla Beasley.
Firefighters expect to gain control on the north and west flanks of the blaze today, but they're unsure when the fire will be fully contained, Beasley said. They are hoping cooler weather and forecast rain will aid them in the fight.
The lightning-caused fire could send smoke spewing into the area, but the blaze hasn't led to any evacuations or road closures.