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East Fork Fire

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Ashley National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Utah
Vernal, UT 84078

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East Fork Fire Activity Increases

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 8/22/2020

August 22, 2020

East Fork Fire Activity Increases

Duchesne, Utah … The East Fork Fire was very active today and grew 5,650 acres today during the active burning period is currently 6,500 acres with no containment, burning in heavy timber on the Duchesne-Roosevelt Ranger District of the Ashley National Forest.

The East Fork Fire grew to the North and East today with Extreme Uphill Runs, Running and Group Torching observed during the burning period in heavy timber.

A Type 2 Fire Management Team arrived this evening and will assume control of the fire tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. on August 23, 2020.

Evacuations of hikers from the closed portion of the High Uintas Wilderness Area to the west of the Lake Fork Trail (Forest Service Trail 061) which includes Brown Duck Basin and Granddaddy Basin was successful today and will continue tomorrow to identify and assist hikers in exiting the closed area.

Currently there are 138 firefighters assigned to the East Fork Fire, including three hand crews, four helicopters and three engines.

An expanded closure area has been announced that includes all of the High Uintas Wilderness Area west of the Lake Fork Trail (Forest Service Trail (FST) 061) and High Line Trail (FST 025) to the Ashley National Forest Boundary.  The Lake Fork Trail is not included in this closure. The Highline Trail is closed in sections within the closure area. The Blindstream Road (Forest Service Road (FSR) 135) will be closed at the Forest boundary north of Hannah, Utah.  The Rock Creek Road (FSR134) will be closed at the intersection with FSR 198, the road to Lower Stillwater Ponds Picnic Area.

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