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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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8/26/20 East Fork Fire Morning Update

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 8/26/2020

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

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

Follow:  #EastForkFire

Twitter:  @UtahWildfire

Facebook:  @UtahWildfire and @AshleyNationalForest

For the second consecutive day, there was no measurable growth on the East Fork Fire.  Light precipitation fell on the fire yesterday and again during overnight.  Firefighters are taking advantage of the moderated weather conditions to prepare property in Rock Creek in case the fire were to reach the area.  Fire crews are thinning vegetation and using a chipper to spread the debris.  Larger diameter trees and branches are being stacked for removal further away from the location, including to be taken to nearby campgrounds for use by visitors.

Aircraft from the East Fork Fire assisted the Ashley National Forest on three small, lightning-caused fires near Moon Lake.  None of the new fires present a threat to the public at this time; additional information will be available on the Ashley National Forest Facebook page as appropriate.

The area closure remains in place.  No changes are anticipated soon.  Although fire activity has been minimal for multiple days now, the potential for rapid growth remains until significant rain or snow occurs on the fire. 

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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