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A lightning-sparked wildfire continued to burn Monday in Zion National Park with containment estimated at 45 percent.

The Herbs Fire, which was first reported Saturday, had consumed about 260 acres by Monday morning on Herbs Point, an isolated mesa top located in a remote area of the Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park.

Officials hoped to have the fire fully contained by Monday night or Tuesday. Three helicopters, one wildland engine and about 20 firefighters were battling the blaze.

No structures were threatened and no road closures were reported, however, officials cautioned that Interstate 15 motorists may notice smoke from the blaze.

The fire was burning oak brush, pinyon-juniper and mixed conifer.

Zion National Park is about 15 miles south of Cedar City.

Janelle Stecklein