Lightning starts fire in Taylor Canyon

Jul 11 2012 - 4:07pm

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A wildfire begins to smolder apparently from a lightning strike on the south side of Taylor Canyon below Mt. Ogden Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (ROBERT JOHNSON/Standard-Examiner)
A wildfire begins to smolder apparently from a lightning strike on the south side of Taylor Canyon below Mt. Ogden Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (ROBERT JOHNSON/Standard-Examiner)
A wildfire begins to smolder apparently from a lightning strike on the south side of Taylor Canyon below Mt. Ogden Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (SCOTT SCHWEBKE/Standard-Examiner)
Firefighters mobilizing at 27th St. Trailhead in Ogden in preparation to hike to fire in Taylor Canyon. (SCOTT SCHWEBKE/Standard-Examiner)
Firefighters mobilizing at 27th St. Trailhead in Ogden in preparation to hike to fire in Taylor Canyon. (SCOTT SCHWEBKE/Standard-Examiner)
Firefighters mobilizing at 27th St. Trailhead in Ogden in preparation to hike to fire in Taylor Canyon. (SCOTT SCHWEBKE/Standard-Examiner)
Firefighters mobilizing at 27th St. Trailhead in Ogden in preparation to hike to fire in Taylor Canyon. (SCOTT SCHWEBKE/Standard-Examiner)
A wildfire begins to smolder apparently from a lightning strike on the south side of Taylor Canyon below Mt. Ogden Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (ROBERT JOHNSON/Standard-Examiner)
A wildfire begins to smolder apparently from a lightning strike on the south side of Taylor Canyon below Mt. Ogden Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (ROBERT JOHNSON/Standard-Examiner)
A wildfire begins to smolder apparently from a lightning strike on the south side of Taylor Canyon below Mt. Ogden Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (SCOTT SCHWEBKE/Standard-Examiner)
Firefighters mobilizing at 27th St. Trailhead in Ogden in preparation to hike to fire in Taylor Canyon. (SCOTT SCHWEBKE/Standard-Examiner)
Firefighters mobilizing at 27th St. Trailhead in Ogden in preparation to hike to fire in Taylor Canyon. (SCOTT SCHWEBKE/Standard-Examiner)
Firefighters mobilizing at 27th St. Trailhead in Ogden in preparation to hike to fire in Taylor Canyon. (SCOTT SCHWEBKE/Standard-Examiner)
Firefighters mobilizing at 27th St. Trailhead in Ogden in preparation to hike to fire in Taylor Canyon. (SCOTT SCHWEBKE/Standard-Examiner)

 

OGDEN -- About 20 state and federal firefighters are mobilizing at the 27th Street Trailhead to hike two miles up Taylor Canyon where a small brush fire is burning.

The fire was started by lightning about 8:30 a.m. A hiker on the popular trail to Malan's Peak called dispatchers to report the lightning strike.

Fire personnel plan to asses the situation when they get to the fire about halfway up the hillside below Mount Ogden's peak and east of the trail to Malan's Peak.

Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and the Utah Division of Forest, Fire and State Lands are on the scene. The fire is amid pine and oak brush dry from the summer's heat and lack of moisture.

Brandon Everette, crew chief for the U.S. Forest Service, said the fire was about a quarter acre in size as of 10:30 a.m..

A helicopter was dumping water on the fire. A squad of fire fighters was heading to the fire area at the same time armed with chain saws and hand tools to build a fire line around the fire.

 

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