Canyon fire
Firefighters tend to a forest fire smoldering in Logan Canyon near Second Dam Tuesday. (Braden Wolfe/Herald Journal)

Fire crews from the U.S. Forest Service spent a second day fighting what's been dubbed the Second Dam fire Tuesday before calling it 100 percent contained at about 6 p.m.

After leaving the mountain at about 8 p.m. Monday, a 20-person crew was transported by helicopter back to the 1-acre burn site at about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The fire, about a half-mile south of Second Dam up Logan Canyon, was reported early Monday morning, but Forest Service Spokeswoman Kathy Jo Pollock said the blaze originated from a lightning strike last week. It's something not too unusual, she said. Lightning can hit a tree, which smolders for several days and ignites when the wind picks up.

Firefighters at the Second Dam fire have located the tree struck by lightning, she said. The area is described as rugged and dense timbers on a very steep slope.

Pollock said the Logan Hot Shots, a crew specialized in fighting wildfires, and one helicopter will return to the mountain Wednesday morning to take care of hot spots.

"People will still see smoke," Pollock said. "Even as they mop up, there still could be smoke coming up for the next few days."

Craig Pettigrew, assistant fire chief for Cache County, said Monday that Logan police dispatch workers saw smoke from their office just west of Main Street in Logan. They first reported the blaze at about 5:40 a.m. Monday; other calls starting filtering in soon after.

Two helicopters assisted firefighters Monday by dumping buckets of water on the steep slope, but only one was used Tuesday, Pollock said.



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