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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 28, 2020

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 9/28/2020

Yesterday: Crews established hose lays along the Petty Mountain Loop Road and contained all spot fires near Hells Canyon. Firefighters with the help of helicopter water drops suppressed fire activity throughout the interior of the fire perimeter.

Today’s Operations: Crews will continue to monitor and contain fire activity above Hells Canyon and near Brown Mountain. Suppression repair continues along the eastern perimeter. The fire continues to burn moderately in the wilderness. The fire is cleaning up dead and down timber, which will benefit wildlife and forest health. Fire activity is expected until significant precipitation occurs. Command of the East Fork and Center Creek Trail Fire will transfer to a local Type-3 Team tomorrow. In preparation, the new team will shadow Great Basin Team 7 today to gain familiarization with the fires.

Weather: Sunny and cool with temperatures in the upper 50s at 8,000 feet and 40s at 10,000 feet. Winds will be terrain driven at 5-10 mph with gusts of 15-20 mph.

Resources: 3 Helicopters, 8 Engines, 3 water tenders, 1 Type-1 handcrew, 2 Type-2 Initial Attack handcrews, 2 dozers, and 1 Wildland Fire Module. Currently 249 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: 72%
Cause: natural - lightning
Personnel: 258

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