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Neff's Fire remains uncontained; more than 130 firefighters at the scene Wednesday

Neffs Fire
Posted at 11:45 AM, Sep 23, 2020

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — More than 130 firefighters are working to contain a wildfire in the Mount Olympus wilderness area Wednesday.

The Neff's Fire ignited Monday about one mile east of the Neff's Canyon trailhead, and it has forced several closures in the area, the U.S. Forest Service reports. (Scroll down to see the closures.)

On Tuesday night, fire investigators estimated the Neff's Fire has burned 53 acres, and the fire remains uncontained.

Firefighting officials have assigned 131 personnel to contain the fire, and their resources include four helicopters, four fixed-wing aircraft and five engines.

The Neff's Fire is particularly challenging due to the rugged terrain and trees that became unstable in a hurricane-force wind event that occurred two weeks ago.

Fire officials have yet to determine what caused the fire.

Drone pilots are reminded to keep their drones out of the area as they can interfere with aerial firefighting efforts.

The U.S. Forest Service announced the following closures:

Neff's Canyon Trail; The area closure includes all trails and trailheads and all National Forest System land between Mill Creek Canyon road on the north and Big Cottonwood Canyon road on the south to Quartzite - 33115 then straight west. On the west the closure begins at the forest boundary and goes east to the Big Water Trail, then south to where the Big Water trail connects with Big Cottonwood Canyon road.