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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 - October 3, 2020

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 10/3/2020

  East Fork Fire: 72,962 acres, 70% containment. Located 13 miles north of Hanna, UT. Began August 21, 2020,            lightning caused.

Center Creek Trail Fire: 1,247 acres, 0% containment. Located 5 miles northeast of Moon Lake in the High Uintas Wilderness. Began August 25, 2020, lightning caused.

Overview: The temporary road and area closure for the fire area changed on October 2, 2020. The current closure map may be found here:  The complete closure order may be found here: the start of local hunting seasons, this is a busy time on the Forest. There are many lands to hunt outside of the closure area. Law enforcement and security will patrol closed areas to ensure the safety of the firefighters as they continue their work on active fires within this area.

Today’s Operations: A spot fire became established on the western side of the Upper Stillwater Reservoir late in the afternoon of October 2 on the East Fork Fire. Air resources will be used today to provide reconnaissance as well as water bucket drops on this spot. Infrared flights will continue to be flown at night to monitor fire spread and identify additional areas of concern. Helicopter bucket work is also planned today around the Moon Lake Guard Station.

Fire activity will continue to be monitored to ensure that the fire remains within existing containment lines. Where containment lines to not currently exist, the fire’s progression will continue to be monitored. Crews remain at the ready to protect values-at-risk in the Rock Creek Lodge area. Firefighters continue to grid for heat sources outside of containment lines on the eastern edge of the fire. The Center Creek Trail fire will continue to be monitored for spread to the south and east.

Weather: A high pressure system will continue to bring warm and dry conditions through Sunday. Humidity levels will be higher today than in previous days, up to 29%. Winds will be 6-12 mph in the early part of today and shift to the southeast at 6-10 mph later in the afternoon.

Resources: A total of 215 firefighters are assigned to both fires. Additional resources include 7    Helicopters, 11 Engines, 4 water tenders, 1 Type-1 handcrew and 3 Type-2 Initial Attack handcrews.

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. The forest closure last changed on October 2, links for this information is included above.

Jurisdiction: The Ashley National Forest Type 3 Incident Management Team, is managing the fires. Jon Rupp is the incident commander of the team. The fires are in the jurisdiction of the Ashley National Forest, Uintah and Ouray Tribal Lands, State of Utah Lands. 

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