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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 30, 2020

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 9/30/2020

 East Fork Fire: 69,929 acres, 72% containment. Located 13 miles north of Hanna, UT. Began August 21, 2020, lightning caused.

Center Creek Trail Fire: 1,225 acres, 0% containment. Located 5 miles northeast of Moon Lake in the High Unitas Wilderness. Began August 25, 2020, lightning caused.

Overview: The Ashley National Forest Type 3 Incident Management took control of the East Fork and Center Creek Trail Fires at 0700 on September 29. Jon Rupp is the Incident Commander. The firest are in the jurisdiction of the Ashley National Forest, Uintah and Ouray Tribal Lands, State of Utah

The public is advised to be aware of area and road closures on the Forest. Any changes to these closures will be published on the InciWeb sites as soon as they are finalized. Use caution driving on area roads, as heavy firefighting equipment is in the area. Increased traffic will continue through the weekend as hunting seasons open.

Yesterday: Crews continued to secure the fire’s edge in the Mill Park area. Around the Moon Lake and Upper Stillwater Dam area, firefighters worked to monitor the edge as well as in the wilderness.

Today’s Operations: Crews will patrol the fire perimeter from Upper Stillwater dam to Twin Pots. They will monitor the fire progression in Brown Duck Basin and be prepared for any necessary protection measures around the Moon Lake Guard Station. Firefighters will continue gridding and lining spot fires that are outside of control lines to prevent additional fire growth. They will work to contain the slop over between Petty Mountain Loop Road and Hells Canyon Road. Fire progression west of Lake Fork Mountain will be monitored.

The Center Creek Fire will be monitored for southern progression. Suppression repair work will continue.

Weather: Sunny and warmer with highs near upper 50s at 10,000 feet and near 70 degrees at 8,000 feet. Minimum relative humidity levels will be at 11-18%. Terrain driven winds will be 4-9 mph sustained and with gusts to 18 mph.

Resources: 3 Helicopters, 6 Engines, 4 water tenders, 1 Type-1 handcrew and 2 Type-2 Initial Attack handcrews. Currently 150 firefighters are assigned to the East Fork Fire. The Center Creek Trail Fire has 9 firefighters assigned.

Closures: Closures are in effect for the Ashley National Forest and Uintah and Ouray Tribal Lands. Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office has closed county roads in and near the fire area. All closures are posted at       

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