Skip to main content

East Fork Fire

Unit Information

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

USFS Shield

8/23/20 East Fork Fire Morning Update

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 8/23/2020

RED FLAG WARNING

Contact Fire Information:  385.393.0516

or 2020.eastfork@firenet.gov

InciWeb:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7052/

Follow:  #EastForkFire

Facebook:  @AshleyNationalForest

This morning, Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team #4, with Incident Commander Tim Roide, took command of the East Fork Fire.  The Team will establish an incident command post at the Duchasne County Fairgrounds to support the firefighters assigned to the fire.  Fire crews will be camping closer to the fire area, to limit travel back and forth each day.  Food and supplies will be delivered daily.

The reduction in acres from yesterday is the result of more accurate mapping that occurred overnight using infrared.  Updated maps will be produced once daily while Team #4 is assigned to the fire.

The East Fork Fire is burning in heavy timber within the High Uintas Wilderness.  The area has not had a large fire in about 50 years.  Numerous standing dead trees throughout the basin limit where firefighters can safely engage in fire suppression actions.  It is likely the fire will continue to burn for several weeks, until significant moisture occurs.  Actions will be taken to protection critical infrastructure, private property, and other assets.

Red Flag Warnings indicate weather conditions that can contribute to rapid fire spread.  The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning today for dry thunderstorms and gusty outflow winds.  Combined with low humidity and another day of high temperatures, this could lead to erratic fire behavior.

EVACUATIONS –  Evacuations are in place for Rock Creek, upper Blindstream, Moonlake Road, and Yellowpine Campground.  The Duchasne County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of evacuations with assistance from firefighters and local Forest Service employees.  Hunters, hikers, and others dispersed through the area are being located and advised of the current fire situation.

CLOSURES –  The Ashley National Forest has an area closure in place for the safety of firefighters and the public.  The High Uintas Wilderness Area west of the Lake Fork Trail [Forest Service Trail (FST) 061] and Highline 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] is closed at the Forest boundary north of Hannah, Utah.  The Rock Creek Road (FSR 134) will be closed at the intersection with FSR 198, the road to Lower Stillwater Ponds Picnic Area.

Related Information