HEBER CITY — Aspen Grove campground is temporarily closed until futher notice due to bear sightings at the campground and surrounding area. The campground is located near Solider Creek Reservoir in Wasatch County.

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest officials say the purpose of the closure is to provide for public health and safety, and the protection of property.

Anyone violating the closure is subject to a fine up to $5,000 and/or six months in prison. The closure will be lifted once forest officials and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources determine the bear has left the area.

For the safety of the public and bears, the Forest Service is encouraging campers and visitors to practice bear safety while visiting the forest. Safety information is available on wildlife.utah.gov.