(KCPW News) State fire officials say they still don't know how a fire that has burned 130 acres in City Creek Canyon started.
"We had some individuals go in today and try and find the point of origin. We did not find that," says Kathy Jo Pollock, spokesperson for the Interagency Fire Center. "We also took a look at a lightning map, but we haven't seen any lightning up here. Right now it's a suspected person cause, but we are going to look again at the lightning map."
Pollock says the fire is now 35% contained and could be completely contained by tonight or tomorrow morning. There are seven 20-person crews building a firebreak to fight the fire, which Pollock says has been a tiresome process.
"The crews can drive only so far up the road and the road ends, and then they have to hike in. The ones that have to go to the east side, it's about a two-hour hike for them. On the north side, again it's about a two-hour hike and they're going uphill," says Pollock.
The crews are receiving support from a helicopter that can drop water where needed. There are also four single engine air-tankers and a heavy air-tanker on hand if needed. Pollock says while the fire may soon be 100% contained, it's likely the fire will continue to burn for about another week or two. At this point no homes are endangered by the fire.