EAST FORK FIRE
Brenda Bushell, Public Information Officer
East Fork Fire – Update September 6, 2020
Start: August 21, 2020
Location: 13 miles north of Hanna, UT in the Rock Creek drainage north of Upper Stillwater Reservoir.
Cause: Natural – lightning
Size: 5,061 acres
Fuels: Upper elevations consist of heavy timber with a large component of dead trees due to beetle infestation. Lower elevation consists of grass and sagebrush with mix of Juniper and Aspen.
Closures: Area closure in place in the High Uintas Wilderness Area (HUW) for firefighter and public safety. Beginning at the western edge of the Lake Fork Trail (Forest Service Trail (FST) 061) near Moon Lake at the intersection of the Highline Trail (FST 025), then Northwest along the Highline Trail to the Ashley National Forest boundary within the HUW, then West and South following the Ashley National Forest Boundary to the Southern boundary of the HUW, then East along the Southern boundary of the HUW to the beginning at the intersection of the Lake Fork Trail and the Southern boundary of the HUW. The Lake Fork Trail is not included in this closure.
Road Closures: The Blind stream Road (Forest Service Road (FSR) 135) beginning at the junction of FSR 215 ending at the junction with Rock Creek Road FSR 134. Rock Creek Road FSR134 beginning north of the Yellowpine Campground entrance ending at the terminus of the Upper Stillwater Dam Road.
Trail closure: Rock Creek Trail FST184 from Yellowpine Campground to the Stillwater Dam.
Pre-Evacuations is in effect this morning in the Rock Creek area, Yellowpine, Miners Gulch and Rock Creek campground. Winds yesterday pushed the fire to the south in the Rock Creek drainage and may impact the campground today. Please stay out of the closure area so that firefighters can complete operations
Fire was very active yesterday with North, Northwest winds with gusts of winds up to 22mp. A growth of 910 acres bringing the total acreage to 5,061. Containment remains at 22%. Warm dry winds and extremely low relative humidity (RH) will continue through today. The fire is following the Rock Creek drainage to the North, past Francis and Slide Lakes.
A Red Flag Warning has been issues for the area thru Monday at 9 pm. A Red Flag Warning is in place and indicates weather conditions with warm temperatures, strong winds and low relative humidity. This will contribute to extreme fire behavior.
Today crews will continue to secure the south end of the fire near the wilderness boundary. Helicopter operations will continue to be utilized in the Cabin Lake area to slow the fire spread from moving up and over Tworoose Pass into the Brown Duck Basin.
The Phinney Lake Fire continued to burn through dead and down beetle kill trees. Fire is continuing to burn down into the Northeast drainage of Fall Creek towards East Fork. The current acreage is 1,039, a growth of 643 acres from yesterday.
Assigned Resources: 3 Helicopters, 5 Engines, 1 Hotshot Crew, 1 Wildland Fire Module, currently 90 firefighters are assigned to the East Fork Fire
Due to the use of helicopters to monitor the fires in the area a temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the area. This will restrict the use of drones within the fire area please do not use drones. If you fly we can’t.