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East Fork Fire

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

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8/24/20 East Fork Fire Morning Update

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 8/24/2020

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Light precipitation occurred over the East Fork Fire yesterday.  Cloud cover kept temperatures slightly cooler than expected, and the fire only grew 196 acres.  Inside the High Unitas Wilderness, the fire is playing its natural role in the ecosystem until significant rain or snow arrives to put it out.  Fire is essential for overall forest health.  It consumes excessive dead and down trees, inspires vegetative regrowth, and creates healthy wildlife habitat.  A mosaic pattern, meaning the fire burns at different intensities over a landscape, is the most desirable as it creates diversity in the age, type, and concentration of vegetation.

Outside of the wilderness, firefighters are constructing fireline and taking actions to minimize fire growth to the south.  Helicopters are dropping water on the fire area to support the firefighters working on the ground.  Fire crews are also preparing nearby properties and infrastructure for potential threat from the fire.  This work includes removing vegetation and installing sprinkler systems that can be turned on if needed.

Anyone planning to visit the area should check the latest updates to evacuations and closures before leaving cell service.  Always let someone know where you are going and when you will return.

EVACUATIONS –  Evacuations are in place for Rock Creek, upper Blind Stream, and Yellowpine Campground.  The Duchesne 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.  Beginning at the western edge of the Lake Fork Trail [Forest Service Trail (FST) 061] near Moon Lake at the intersection of the Lake Fork Trail and the boundary of the High Uintas Wilderness Area north along the western edge of the Lake Fork Trail to the intersection of the Highline Trail (FST 025), then northwest along the Highline Trail to the Ashley National Forest Boundary within the Wilderness, then west and south following the Forest boundary to the southern boundary of the High Uintas Wilderness Area, then east along the southern boundary of the High Uintas Wilderness Area to the beginning at the intersection of the Lake Fork Trail and the southern boundary of the High Uintas Wilderness Area. The Lake Fork Trail itself is not included in this closure. The Blind Stream Road [Forest Service Road (FSR) 135] is closed from the Forest boundary north of Hanna, Utah, to the intersection of the Blind Stream Road and the Rock Creek Road (FSR 134), then south along the Rock Creek Road to the intersection with FSR 198 at the Lower Stillwater Ponds Picnic Area.

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