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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 6, 2020

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 10/6/2020

East Fork Fire: 75,109 acres, 68% containment. Located 13 miles north of Hanna, UT. Began 8/21/20, lightning caused. Center Creek Trail Fire: 1,253 acres, 0% containment. Located 17 miles north of Mountain Home, UT. Began 8/25/20, lightning caused.

OverviewArea and road closures remain in effect and may change if fire activity warrants. Changes will be posted at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7052/ and on the Ashley National Forest Facebook page.  These closures remain in place to provide for public and firefighter safety. Use caution while driving on area roads that are open to the public. An increasing amount of firefighting traffic will be on these roads, and much of this equipment is heavy and requires longer times to stop. Drive with care and use daytime headlights as smokey conditions can change rapidly due to shifting winds.

Today’s Operations: While little overall growth was observed, low relative humidity caused the fire to burn actively overnight.  On the western edge of the East Fork Fire, the fire continues to back toward the Upper Stillwater Reservoir area. Crews will prepare South Fork and Blindstream Roads for firing operations as necessary in an effort to keep the fire north of this road. Firefighters will also continue to scout and look for opportunities for direct and indirect line construction in this area. Along the Rock Creek Road area, crews will patrol, mop up, and provide protection around the Rock Creek Lodge as needed. East of Lake Fork Mountain, crews will mop up the fire perimeter and spot fires.  Firefighters will remain ready to provide point protection to buildings and infrastructure as needed in the Yellowstone River area. While interior smokes have been observed on the Center Creek Trail Fire, no growth has been observed in 72 hours.

Weather: Winds are predicted to be out of the northwest until 11:00 AM, thing shift to the southwest on ridgetops and southeast in the valleys. Afternoon winds are expected to be sustained at 5-8 mph with gusts of up to 16 mph. The fire area will be sunny today, with temperatures reaching 63 degrees. Relative humidity levels will be 11-15%.  

Resources: A total of 329 firefighters are assigned. Resources include 6 handcrews, 8 helicopters, 15 Engines, 2 water tenders. Additional resources, including engines and crews, have been ordered to replace resources that are timing out and bolster firefighting efforts.

Closures: A Forest Closure is in effect for the Ashley National Forest. The current closure map may be found here: https://tinyurl.com/y4da965p and the closure order may be found here: https://tinyurl.com/yxnh9oal.

Jurisdiction: The fires are in the jurisdiction of the Ashley National Forest, Uintah and Ouray Tribal Lands, and State of Utah Lands. California Interagency Incident Management Team 10 is managing the fires.

 

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