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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 27, 2020

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 9/27/2020

Yesterday: High winds increased fire activity and visible smoke northwest of the Moon Lake campground in Brown Duck Basin. These high winds also grounded aviation resources early in the day. Crews established hose lay along the Petty Mountain Loop Road, conducted suppression repair work, and monitored the perimeter for spot fires.

Today’s Operations: Crews will continue to monitor and contain spots in Hells Canyon. Reduced wind activity will allow seven aircraft, including Utah National Guard Blackhawks, to continue bucket work to suppress hot spots throughout the interior of the fire. Suppression repair will be taking place along the east perimeter of the fire. Tomorrow, Great Basin Team 7 will begin to transfer command of the fire to local resources.

Closure Update: Rock Creek Road is now open to the Stillwater Ponds. The road remains closed just past the ponds. We ask all forest users to respect closures and drive carefully as heavy fire traffic is in the area.

Weather: Today will be sunny with gusty northerly winds early in the day, up to 40 miles per hour on the ridgetops in the early morning. Winds will abate by noon, decreasing to around 10-15 miles per hour. Temperatures will be about 10 degrees colder today, with 44-48 degrees at 10,000 feet, and 56-61 degrees at 8,000 feet.

Resources: 7 Helicopters, 9 Engines, 3 water tenders, 1 Type-1 handcrew, 2 Type-2 Initial Attack handcrews, 2 dozers, and 1 Wildland Fire Modules. Currently 266 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: 69,244
Containment: 68%
Cause: natural - lightning
Personnel: 266

Center Creek Trail
Fire location: 5 miles NE of Moon Lake in the High Uintas Wilderness
Approximate acreage: 1,225
Containment: 0%
Start date: August 25, 2020
Cause: natural - lightning
Personnel: 9   

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