MILLCREEK, Utah — Some popular hiking areas remain closed Friday as crews continue to fight a wildfire burning east of the Olympus Cove area of Millcreek.
The "Neffs Fire" is burning in Neffs Canyon and was 20 percent contained at 60 acres Sunday. It was caused by lightning.
Fire crews have battled the blaze from the ground and the air since Tuesday.
No evacuations are in place and no structures are threatened, but a portion of the Mount Olympus Wilderness area is closed. Neffs Canyon and Mount Olympus trailheads are closed, as well as all trails, trailheads and National Forest System land between Millcreek Canyon and Big Cottonwood Canyon. The closed area spans west-east from the forest boundary to the Big Water trail.
Fire crews are continuing to build a fireline, which they have completed 1.5 miles out of the planned six.
An expected date that the area would reopen was not provided.
As of Sunday night, the area remained closed.
On the #NeffsFire extremely steep terrain and danger of falling snags are preventing firefighters form being able to directly engage some areas of the fire. Instead, fire managers are using indirect firelines constructed away from the active fire perimeter. #twfs #uwcnf pic.twitter.com/ysr7BrctuW— Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) September 28, 2020