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The East Fork Fire is now 2,842 acres, an increase of 90 acres. Fire activity has been minimal this week as a result of favorable weather conditions, including light precipitation and cloud cover. There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms late this afternoon, ahead of a cold front expected to arrive on Sunday.
The fire is mostly spreading over the ground through dead, downed logs. Firefighters have completed fireline along the southernmost edge of the fire, outside of the High Uintas Wilderness. There is a high potential for additional fire growth once warmer and drier conditions return late next week. Steep terrain and thick timber with standing, dead trees make it difficult for firefighters to safely work directly on the fire perimeter. Crews will continue preparation work around structures at Moon Lake today. They are thinning vegetation to make the buildings more defensible should the East Fork Fire or another fire ever near the lake. Be aware if visiting the area this weekend of the increase in traffic along the Moon Lake Road.
Great Basin Team #4 is transitioning the fire to a smaller organization that will continue to monitor fire activity and remain prepared to protect infrastructure and private property. A Type 3 Incident Commander will take command of the fire Saturday morning. Fire resources will remain at Rock Creek, with support personnel working from the Duchesne Country Emergency Operations Center.
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.
WEEKEND REMINDER – There is still a lot of open area to recreate this weekend. 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. And respect fire restrictions and any other requirements for the local area.