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Wildfire in Big Cottonwood Canyon declared manmade

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BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON — A small wildfire that broke out in Big Cottonwood Canyon Sunday afternoon has been declared manmade, according to Unified Fire Authority.

David Ulibarri, a spokesperson with Unified Fire, said the flames originated about 3 miles up the canyon, "just below the S-curve."

“Crews with hand lines are flanking the fire and attacking it at this point,” he said.

Wildfires are uncommon in northern Utah during this season, and Ulibarri said recent temperature fluctuations may have played a role in the incident.

“It doesn’t take much to dry out the tops of the brush when you have highs in the 60s and 70s for a week,” he said. “It mimics the spring; so there’s always have a possibility of fire conditions in that situation.

No structures were threatened and no injuries were related to the incident.

UFA is asking for anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area between the hours of 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., to call the Unified Police hotline at (801) 743-7000.

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