OGDEN — A fire is burning on the mountainside above 900 North covering six to eight acres.
About 30 firefighters are battling the blaze in Jump Off Canyon that is producing considerable smoke visible for several miles.
Ogden Fire Battalion Chief Hal Van Meteren said Ogden and Weber fire districts have equipment and firefighters at the scene, with additonal firefighters from the Utah Division of Forestry
The fire began about 4 p.m., but the cause is not yet known, said Van Meteren.
The area where the fire is burning is only accessible by foot. The fire is spreading south and east, but no homes are currently threatened.
The rugged terrain is keeping firefighters from attacking the main body of the fire and they are flanking it on either side, using water from canal located at the base of the fire.
Ken Bakes, who lives at 857 N. Avalon, saw the fire when it was just burning in a small group of trees. He said the blaze quickly spread up the mountain, as his son called 911.
Bakes has lived in the neighborhood for 12 years and said this is at least the third fire in the area.
The Standard-Examiner will provide more details as they become available.