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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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East Fork Fire Update - September 19, 2020

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 9/19/2020

East Fork Fire: Firefighters improved and added depth to the containment line south of Flea Flat, north to Mill Park. Crews added depth through successful low-intensity hand-fired ignitions, slowly guiding the fire to planned containment line as it burned away built-up fuels. Protection measures were taken on a bridge near Moon Lake as fire continued burning towards Brown Duck Basin. Fire suppression repair began on the southwest fire perimeter. Close monitoring of the fire above Rock Creek Road continued. On South Fork Rock Creek Road, crews felled and bucked up hazard trees, contributing to firefighter and future public safety. High in the wilderness the fire is burning at varying intensities and leaving pockets of unburned forests.

Center Creek Trail Fire: The Center Creek Trail Fire is showing limited fire behavior and currently poses no threat of moving south toward the wilderness boundary.

Today’s Operations: High winds in Raspberry and Mackentire canyons will continue testing direct and indirect lines Crews will monitor and mop up perimeter from Bear Hollow Road to Mountain Sheep Pass. Indirect line is being constructed near West Fork Rock Creek to prevent fire spread south towards Stillwater Reservoir. Monitoring hot spots continues on the fire’s western edge east of Stillwater Reservoir.

Suppression Repair: This work is now a major component of the firefighting effort. As fire management objectives continue to be met, crews working with hand tools and heavy machinery will repair damages and minimize potential soil erosion and other impacts resulting from fire suppression activities along dozer lines, handlines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones, and drop points used during fire suppression efforts.

Weather: A cold front arrived this morning, accompanied later today with increasing southwest winds bringing smoke from the west coast. At high elevations, temperatures will rise up to 55∞ and at lower elevations up to 65∞. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers after 12:00, with up to 1/8 inch of wetting rain possible, both contributing to higher relative humidities. By afternoon expect south/southwest winds sustained at 12-15 mph with gusts up to 28 mph. Weather tonight will dip down to 40∞.

Safety: Closures are in place for the protection of the public and for firefighters. Even when it seems the fire is far off in the distance and posing no danger, a critical combination of high winds, low humidity, dry fuels, and warm temperatures can quickly increase fire behavior. We ask that the public respect all closures.

Resources: 3 Helicopters, 27 Engines, 7 water tenders, 1 Hotshot crew, 1 Type 2 Initial Attack handcrew, 2 dozers and 3 Wildland Fire Modules. Currently 278 firefighters are assigned to the East Fork Fire. The Center Creek Trail Fire has 25 firefighters assigned.


Quick Facts

Incident Summary

East Fork   
   Fire Location: 13 miles north of Hanna, UT
   Approximate Acreage: 60,057
   Containment: 24%
   Start Date: August 21, 2020
   Cause:
Natural - Lightning
   Total Personnel: 311

Center Creek Trail
   Location: 5 miles northeast of Moon Lake in the High Uintas Wilderness 
   Approximate
Acreage: 1,214
   Containment: 0%
   Start Date: August 25, 2020 
   Cause: Natural - Lightning  
   Total Personnel: 23
   Incident Commander: Jeff Knudson, Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team #7
   Jurisdiction: Ashley National Forest, Uintah and Ouray Tribal Lands, State of Utah
 

Online Links

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

Center Creek Trail InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7166/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AshleyNationalForest/

E-mail: 2020.EastFork@FireNet.gov

Phone #: 435-635-8738