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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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8/27/20 East Fork Fire Morning Update

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 8/27/2020

RED FLAG WARNING

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

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

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Twitter:  @UtahWildfire

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Wednesday was the third consecutive day without any measurable growth on the East Fork Fire.  Light precipitation and higher overnight humidity is limiting fire activity.  It continues to smolder through heavy dead and down timber, with a high potential to become more active as temperatures rise again.  Firefighters are making great progress on preparing structures and property in Rock Creek.  Today, crews will be working around Moon Lake to reduce heavy vegetation around the campground and facilities there.  Fire managers do not anticipate the fire will reach Moon Lake, but they are taking advantage of the assigned crews to complete the work that will improve the ability to protect Moon Lake from this or another fire in the future.

For firefighter and public safety, the area closure is not being reduced at this time.  It was a challenge to locate and evacuate hikers when the fire started last week, and fire managers don’t want to risk having to do so again.  If you are planning to head out to recreate this weekend, please check InciWeb for the latest updates to evacuations and closures before leaving cell service.  Be sure someone knows where you are going and when you will return.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for today, indicating the potential for rapid fire growth.  High winds and drier conditions will be prevalent throughout the region.  The East Fork Fire’s location, at a high elevation and in a north-south drainage, will likely shelter it from the highest winds.

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.

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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