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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 - October 4, 2020

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 10/4/2020

  East Fork Fire: 73,661 acres, 68% containment. Located 13 miles north of Hanna, UT. Began August 21, 2020, lightning caused.

Center Creek Trail Fire: 1,253 acres, 0% containment. Located 17 miles north of Mountain Home, UT. Began August 25, 2020, lightning caused.

Overview: Due to increasing complexity of the incident, management of the fires will transition tomorrow morning to a larger Type 2 Incident Management Team. The fires are currently managed under the Ashley National Forest Type 3 Incident Management Team. At 7:00 AM on October 5, the fires will be under the management of the California Interagency Incident Management Team 10.

The public is urged to continue to use caution while driving on area roads. With the start of hunting season and firefighting equipment, there is an increase of traffic. Use caution while driving and heed all road and area closure information. Fire restrictions remain in place on open areas of the Forest.

Today’s Operations: On the eastern edge of the East Fork Fire, crews will continue working to secure line on the Petty Mountain Loop and Hells Canyon roads. Fire progression west of Lake Fork Mountain will continue. Preparation work along Yellowstone Road will continue as well as suppression repair work where appropriate. Firefighters will continue mop up work around the Moon Lake Guard Station. Around the Upper Stillwater Reservoir, helicopters will drop water on areas of heat. On the ground, crews will go direct and tie fireline into a rocky area. The Center Creek Trail fire will continue to be monitored for spread to the south. Air resources continue to play a valuable role on both, providing information reconnaissance and operational support with water drops.  

Weather: Today’s temperatures will be around 70 degrees, with humidity levels between 13-17%. Winds will be out of the northwest at 5-9 mph becoming southwest at 8-13 mph by late morning. Winds will gust to 20 mph in the afternoon. A Fire Weather Watch will be in effect on Monday, Oct. 5 for low humidity and potential wind gusts of up to 30 mph.

Resources: A total of 248 firefighters are assigned to both fires. Resources include 8 helicopters, 13 Engines, 4 water tenders, 1 Type-1 handcrew and 4 Type-2 Initial Attack handcrews.

Closures: Closures are in effect for the Ashley National Forest and Uintah and Ouray Tribal Lands. The forest closure last changed on October 2. The current closure map may be found here: https://tinyurl.com/y4da965pand thecomplete closure order may be found here: https://tinyurl.com/yxnh9oal.The Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office has closed county roads in and near the fire area.

Jurisdiction: The fires are in the jurisdiction of the Ashley National Forest, Uintah and Ouray Tribal Lands, State of Utah Lands.

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