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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 21, 2020

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 10/21/2020

East Fork Fire: 86,231 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: There was very little fire activity yesterday, and crews continued to work on and complete contingency lines on the southwest portion of the fire area. Small hot spots were observed within the fire perimeter and bucket drops will be targeted on that area today as winds permit.

Today, air crews will continue to drop water throughout the fire as needed. Ground crews will work between Petty Mountain Loop Road and Hells Canyon Road and continue mop-up around the Rock Creek area. Crews will also continue to monitor fire spread into wilderness areas.

Some resources will be timing out in the next week or so and they will not be replaced unless fire conditions warrant it.

Weather: A cold front will be moving in within the next few days, bringing with it higher winds and may increase potential for the fire to spread into the Fish Creek drainage toward the Stillwater Road and Rock Creek Drainage, as well as facilitating movement north within the wilderness boundary.

Today, relative humidities will be around 23 percent, with max temperatures at 10,000 feet remaining at 51 degrees. Winds will be 8 to 12 miles per hour, with gusts up to 35 on the ridgetops.

Resources: A total of 265 firefighters are assigned to the fires. There are four crews, four helicopters, sixteen engines, seven dozers and two water tenders.

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