Firefighters hiked into rugged northern Utah mountain terrain Wednesday to assess and fight two new lightning-sparked wildfires.
While neither the Mount Olympus nor Aspen fires were thought larger than an acre in size when initially spotted Tuesday afternoon, they were pouring thick billows of smoke into the sky. Drought-like conditions throughout the state have left high desert grasses, brush and forests tinder-dry, increasing the risk of even small fires exploding into infernos.
Fire Information Officer Kim Osborn said the Mount Olympus blaze, located along the benches just below the peak's summit, was likely ignited during a thunderstorm during the weekend. After a four-hour hike to the site, the small crew had the fire 100 percent contained by Wednesday afternoon.