UPDATE 10/14/2020 7:52 AM
According to Utah Fire Info, the Neff’s Fire is now fully contained. In total, the fire burned 80 acres.
TUESDAY 10/6/2020 9:24 a.m.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information that the fire had been contained, that information has been corrected.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – In the latest update from Utah Fire Info, crews are reporting the 60-acre Neff’s Fire burn area is 80% contained.
Fire teams fighting the blaze say a Type 4 incident management team has taken command of the fire.
According to Jason Curry, public information officer for the Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands, a Type 4 designation refers to the complexity of the fire; the scale ranges from 1 to 5.
The high end of that scale, or a 1 designation, would be the fires being fought in California this year. According to Curry, Utah has not had a Type 1 fire in 2020.
Curry says he estimates the Neff’s Fire to remain a Type 4 designation until snow starts to fall.
Neff’s Canyon itself, including its trails, remain closed. However the Mt. Olympus trail has been reopened.
ABC4 will continue to follow this story as it develops.
SUNDAY 10/4/2020 11:00 a.m.
The Neff’s Fire has burned an estimated 60 acres and is currently 65% contained.
SATURDAY 10/3/2020 12:30 p.m.
According to officials with Utah Fire Info the Neff’s Fire has burned an estimated 60 acres and is currently 62% contained.
Fire crews say fire behavior is minimal and suppression repairs are underway.
FRIDAY 10/2/2020 4:48 p.m.
While the Neffs Canyon trail remains closed, fall foliage seekers will be pleased to read that the Mt. Olympus trail is open.
A tweet by Utah Fire Info, a joint-department social media account, says the closure area has been reduced.
Those looking to see the changing colors can find a detailed map provided by Utah Fire Info below:
FRIDAY 10/2/2020 12:15 p.m.
Fire officials say firefighters will patrol the eastern flank of the fire perimeter of the Neff’s Fire looking for any hot spots, with helicopters are available as needed.
Fire managers are working with the Forest Service, Agency Administrator, representatives from Forestry, Fire and State Lands, and Millcreek City to develop a fire suppression repair plan for areas behind the homes in the Olympus Cove community.
THURSDAY 10/1/2020 2:30 a.m.
The Neff’s Fire burning one mile east of the Neff’s Canyon Trailhead on Mount Olympus is currently 42% contained and has burned an estimated 60 acres.
Fire officials say crews are looking for opportunities to take direct action where it is safe to do so.
WEDNESDAY 9/30/2020 9:55 a.m.
The Neff’s Fire is burning one mile east of the Neff’s Canyon Trailhead on Mount Olympus.
Fire officials say the fire has burned an estimated 60 acres and is currently 42% contained.
TUESDAY 9/29/2020 11:40 A.M.
The fire continues to scorch trees but has no new growth in acreage.
Firefighters continue fire efforts along the east line and on the western line, firefighters will be clearing a debris basin to use as a medivac site, according to forest service.
Fire managers discussing options for Mill Creek Canyon road and around the northeast portion of Olympus Cove where it is inaccessible to firefighters due to unsafe, steep, rocky terrain.
Being prepared for a wildfire is every homeowner’s responsibility, said the Forest Service. You can get more information on what that means here: wildlandfirersg.org
Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) are still in place over the Neff’s Fire, meaning please do not fly drones in the area.
A meeting is planned for Tuesday night at Millcreek City Hall 3330 South 1300 East from 7-8 p.m.
You can watch it live at: https://millcreek.us/373/Meeting-Live-Stream
City, Forest Service, UPD, UFA & SLCo Emergency Management will be available to answer questions
related to the Neff’s Fire including evacuation plans should that become necessary.
Social distancing and masks are required if attending in person.
MONDAY 9/28/2020 1:55 P.M.
The Joint Information Center, JIC, announced Monday they will open a hotline to take questions regarding the Neff’s Canyon Fire.
The hotline will be available form Monday, Sept. 28 until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Officials say the time could be extended if needed.
The JIC says they will be available to answer questions related to the Neff’s Fire including current fire strategies and possible evacuation plans, should they become necessary.
The JIC will be located at the Salt Lake County Emergency Coordination Center at 3380 South 900 West, Salt Lake City. Residents may call the JIC hotline with their questions at 801-743-7180.
SATURDAY 9/26/2020 1:30 P.M.
The Neff’s Fire is now 20% contained and has burned about 60 acres.
Firefighters say that the recent cool temperatures have helped slow fire activity over the past few days. Officials remind the public that the use of drones/aircraft halts all fire-related aircraft operations.
There are 200+ people working on the fire, just outside of Millcreek. Support firefighter efforts by obeying trail/area closures, keeping streets clear, and creating defensible space around your home.
FRIDAY 9/25/2020 1:45 p.m.
The Neff’s Fire has burned an estimated 55 acres and is currently 0% contained.
Fire investigators have determined that the Neff’s Fire was caused by lightning.
THURSDAY 9/24/2020 5:23 p.m.
Fire investigators have determined that the Neff fire was caused by lightning.
Fire officials say a pre-evacuation meeting was held to plan for windy and dry conditions that may escalate the fire as a precaution.
THURSDAY 9/24/2020 1:40 P.m.
According to Utah Fire Info the Neffs Fire has burned an estimated 55 acres and is 0% contained.
THURSDAY 9/24/2020 7:10 a.m.
According to Utah Fire Info there is minimal smoke visible from the Neffs Fire.
Fire officials say the fire has burned an estimated 53 acres and is 0% contained.
WEDNESDAY 9/23/2020 10:45 a.m.
Crews with Unified Fire are working to contain a fire up Neffs Canyon, right above Olympus Cove.
According to Utah Fire Info, there are currently 131 firefighters working on the fire. It is 0% contained and estimated to have burned 53 acres.
ORIGINAL STORY: Crews respond to fire burning up Neffs Canyon
Crews with Unified Fire are responding to a fire up Neffs Canyon, right above Olympus Cove that started Tuesday morning.
Unified Fire officials say the fire was first reported just after midnight. Neffs Canyon is located on the north side of Mount Olympus. Fire officials say the fire is small and burning about 1 mile up the canyon.
The fire has burned about 53 acres.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, no structures have been threatened at this time. Unified Fire says crews are not engaging until daylight for safety and ask residents to please avoid the area.