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East Fork Fire

Unit Information

Ashley National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Vernal, UT 84078

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East Fork Fire Update - October 19, 2020

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 10/19/2020

East Fork Fire: 85,232 acres, 69% containment. Located 13 miles north of Hanna, UT, began 8/21/20.

Closures: The current temporary road and area closure for the Ashley National Forest came into effect on October 15, 2020. This closure is subject to change due to fire activity. The current public information map that shows the closure boundary may be found here:

Update: Nevada Interagency Team 3, Brock Uhlig, Incident Commander, took over management of the fire this morning.

Hunting season started October 15 and will run through October 25. The public and firefighters will be sharing some of the same roads outside of the closure area. Continue to drive with caution on area roads and remain out of closed areas.  If an area is closed, it is closed to all traffic, foot traffic as well as ATV. Even if you have a hunting permit, you are not allowed within closed areas and citations have been and will be issued.  Remember, hunter safety includes being sure of what you are shooting at.

Yesterday, the fire continued to move southeast in the Lake Fork drainage towards Moon Lake adding a slight increase to perimeter growth.  Around Granddaddy Lake the fire continued to fill in, burning pockets of fuel, but not adding to perimeter growth.

The priority for firefighters will be protecting structures around Moon Lake and monitoring the fire’s growth as it progresses towards containment lines. Firefighters will continue to patrol and mop-up along Rock Creek Road. Around Upper Stillwater Reservoir, crews will hold and mop-up direct line above the lake. Crews will continue to monitor, and patrol lines along the Yellowstone River and Mill Park areas on the eastern flank of the fire. Winds that are predicted for this afternoon could ground the aircraft making it impossible to make bucket drops.

Weather: A slightly lower wind event is forecast for the fire area with winds gusting from the northwest along ridgetops to 45 mph and in the valleys to 25 mph this afternoon. Relative humidity levels will range from 24-38% and temperatures will be up to 51° at 10,000 ft. elevations.

Resources: A total of 363 firefighters are assigned to the fires. Resources include 4 hand crews, 5 helicopters, 19 Engines, 12 water tenders and 4 dozers.

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