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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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8/25/20 East Fork Fire Morning Update

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 8/25/2020

Contact Fire Information:  385.393.0516 or 2020.eastfork@firenet.gov

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

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Minimal fire activity was observed in Rock Creek on the East Fork Fire again yesterday and there was no measurable growth.   Firefighters are focusing their efforts on the southern edge of the perimeter, where the fire has burned outside of the wilderness and closest to infrastructure and property.

The steep terrain and numerous standing dead trees within the wilderness area make it difficult to safely suppress the fire.  Additional growth is anticipated in the coming weeks as fire managers carefully identify locations where firefighters can safely work with the highest probability of successful containment.

Regional smoke continues to blanket the air, decreasing air quality.  A drier air mass is forecast to remain over the region through the rest of the week.  A dry cold front is expected Sunday, bringing stronger winds from the southwest.  Under these conditions, fire behavior should not increase too drastically.  However, until significant rain or snow covers the fire, fire activity may fluctuate with periods of increased fire activity during warmer and drier weather conditions.

Anyone planning to visit the area should check InciWeb for 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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