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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 7, 2020

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 10/7/2020

East Fork Fire: 76,638 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.

OverviewA Red Flag Warning is in effect for the fire area today. This warning is in effect due to above average temperatures, increased wings, and poor overnight humidity recovery levels. There is a high probability of active fire behavior, including the potential for spot fires, group tree torching and crown runs. Active fire behavior may necessitate changes to area and road closures that are currently in effect. The most current closure updates can be found at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7166/ or at www.facebook.com/AshleyNationalForest/

Staff and aircraft assigned to the East Fork Fire were diverted yesterday to assist with the Shadow Lake Fire (located about a mile north of the East Fork Fire above Upper Stillwater Reservoir) and the Rhoades Canyon 2 Fire, located about 5 miles northwest of Hanna. Air resources from the East Fork Fire will provide additional support today.

Today’s Operations: Night operations observed little fire activity along the eastern edge of the East Fork Fire perimeter. Crews continued last night to mop up within 50 feet of fire lines and this work will continue today to further bolster and secure containment lines. Work around the Upper Stillwater Reservoir continues to be a priority for area crews. Firefighters are working on line construction northwest of the dam to cut off the fire’s southern progress. They also continue to prepare Blindstream Road for firing operations should it become necessary. Point protection will be provided for values at risk in this area as well as in the Moon Lake and Yellowstone River areas. No growth has been observed for 96 hours on the Center Creek Trail Fire, although interior smokes have been observed.  

Weather:  A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the fire area today. Temperatures have been trending 15 degrees above average, with today’s temperatures reaching 63 degrees. Relative humidity levels will range down to 8-12% today. Winds will become southwest on the ridgetop, gusting to 20 mph after 11:00 AM and will shift to the southeast in the valley, gusting to 17 mph after 11:00 AM.

Resources: A total of 342 firefighters are assigned to the fires. Resources include 6 handcrews, 8 helicopters, 19 Engines, 3 water tenders.

Closures: A Forest Closure is in effect for the Ashley National Forest. The current closure map may be found here: https://tinyurl.com/y2ytqt7aand 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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