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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 25, 2020

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 9/25/2020

Yesterday: Increased fire behavior generated visible smoke on the northern and eastern sections of the East Fork Fire. Firefighters, supported by “scooper” fixed wing aircraft dropping water from the skies, quickly responded to help mitigate fire spread. Helicopters conducted bucket drops to assist firefighters and reduce heat sources throughout active fire areas. The Center Creek Trail Fire saw minimal activity.

Today’s Operations: Crews will attempt to fully suppress spotting from yesterday’s wind event and continue monitoring containment lines throughout the eastern perimeter. Winds may increase fire behavior and crews will be prepositioned to respond. Crews are installing a hose lay to reinforce structure protection measures near Moon Lake, as fire along Brown Duck Creek moves closer. An excavator is repairing drainage features and removing debris caused by suppression activities on a canal along Moon Lake Road. Minimal activity is expected on the west side of the fire. Utah National Guard Blackhawk helicopters will assist with fire suppression efforts today.

Weather: A red flag warning has been issued due to high winds and dry conditions. Winds could gust up to 34 mph on the ridges, with sustained speeds of 18-23 mph. Fuels are very dry and humidities remain low. Today will be sunny and warm, with temperatures in the mid-70s.

Resources: 5 Helicopters, 2 fixed-wing aircraft, 13 Engines, 6 water tenders, 2 Type 2 Initial Attack handcrews, 2 dozers, and 2 Wildland Fire Modules. Currently 242 firefighters are assigned to the East Fork Fire. The Center Creek Trail Fire has 9 firefighters assigned.
 
East Fork
Fire location: 13 miles north of Hanna, UT
Approximate acreage: 68,342
Containment: 64%
Cause: natural - lightning
Personnel: 246

Center Creek Trail
Fire location: 5 miles NE of Moon Lake in the High Uintas Wilderness
Approximate acreage: 1,220
Containment: 0%
Start date: August 25, 2020
Cause: natural - lightning
Personnel: 9