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East Fork Fire

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Ashley National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Vernal, UT 84078

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East Fork Fire Update - September 22, 2020

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 9/22/2020

East Fork Fire: A visible smoke plume rose over Brown Duck Basin late yesterday afternoon as warm dry conditions caused an increase in fire behavior. Nearby structures at Moon Lake were well-protected in advance and the fire poses little risk. With the successful completion of firing operations on the eastern fire perimeter, mop up and suppression repair operations are now taking place along the direct and indirect line from Mackentire Draw to the wilderness boundary. The northwestern wilderness portion of the fire has begun to slow, as the fire runs out of fuel near treeline to the far north.

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: Fire activity is expected to be moderate today. Crews will patrol the south and southeastern perimeter of the fire and begin pulling water hoselays, pumps, and other firefighting equipment. Suppression repair work will be ongoing throughout the fire area. Mop up operations are underway along the burn area near Flea Flat on the eastern control lines. Crews will continue to monitor the fire west of Lake Fork mountain and high up in the wilderness.

Safety: As containment increases and suppression repair progresses, some closures may soon be lifted. Fire-affected areas may still present hazards to the public. Fire-weakened trees fall easily, fire-damaged soils can contribute to rockslides and flooding, and firefighters and fire traffic may still be operating nearby. We ask that the public maintain vigilance when and if visiting fire-affected areas.

Weather: Today’s temperatures will be in the upper 50s at 10,000 ft, and in the mid-60s at lower elevations with clouds and a possibility of showers and thunderstorms. These storms could bring gusty outflow winds of 30 miles per hour. There is a 30% chance of wetting rains. Moisture in the area will not likely have significant impacts on the fire.

Resources: 3 Helicopters, 19 Engines, 8 water tenders, 2 Type 2 Initial Attack handcrews, 2 dozers and 1 Wildland Fire Module. Currently 263 firefighters are assigned to the East Fork Fire. The Center Creek Trail Fire has 12 firefighters assigned. 

Quick Facts

Incident Summary

East Fork   
   Fire Location: 13 miles north of Hanna, UT
   Approximate Acreage: 66,655
   Containment: 26%
   Start Date: August 21, 2020
 Natural - Lightning
   Total Personnel: 263

Center Creek Trail
   Location: 5 miles northeast of Moon Lake in the High Uintas Wilderness 
Acreage: 1,214
   Containment: 0%
   Start Date: August 25, 2020 
   Cause: Natural - Lightning  
   Total Personnel: 12
Incident Commander: Jeff Knudson, Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team #7
Jurisdiction: Ashley National Forest, Uintah and Ouray Tribal Lands, State of Utah

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Phone #: 435-635-8738  

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