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Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management

KANAB, Utah — UPDATE [Aug. 7] — In an update Friday morning, the Bureau of Land Management advises the lottery for The Wave and permitting for the Coyote Buttes North area has resumed after a brief suspension due to the Pine Hollow Fire.

ORIGINAL [Aug. 5] — The Bureau of Land Management has suspended The Wave lottery and permits to hike the Coyote Buttes North area due to the  Pine Hollow Fire, the agency announced today.

The Pine Hollow Fire started on July 29, 2020, due to lightning and has since grown to over 11,000 acres. In an update earlier today, fire officials say 89% of the fire's perimeter is contained and hope to bring that number to 100% later today or tomorrow.

"Visitors can still get permits to hike South Coyote Buttes at the Kanab Center," states the BLM website. "We will provide updates as soon as the lottery for the Wave re-opens."

The Wave is a popular geological sandstone formation within Coyote Buttes North, a portion of the 112,500-acre Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness — home to some of the world's most visually stunning geological sandstone formations. Typically, 20 visitors each day are rewarded permits through a lottery system to view The Wave as part of the agency's effort to preserve the wilderness character and limit damage to the fragile area.