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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 23, 2020

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 10/23/2020

East Fork Fire:


E-mail:   Phone: 435-635-8738

East Fork Fire: 87,000 acres, 69% containment. Located 13 miles north of Hanna, UT, began 8/21/20.

Center Creek Trail Fire:  1,281 acres, 95% contained.  Located within the High Uintah Wilderness area, began 8/25/20.

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:

There is a new closure as of this morning.  It is a road closure, Yellowstone Rd.  Because of the red flag warning for today, through the weekend and the fire behavior that was observed today it was decided for firefighter and public safety, the road needed to be closed. The current information map that shows the closure boundary as well as the closure notice can be found at Ashley National Forest face book page or inciweb at

Update: Yesterday fire activity was very active, and smoke was visible from increased activity near Moon Lake. High winds kept helicopters from making bucket drops for most of the day. The fire progressed in Fish Creek Drainage East of Moon Lake and progressed to the East toward Cow Park.

The Center Creek Trail Fire flared up in a couple of spots yesterday.  Firefighters are not working on this area because it is within the Wilderness area but as the winds permit the helicopters will do bucket drops on it. It will also be monitored for potential threats.

Today, we anticipate more active fire behavior than has been observed in the last few weeks around the Upper Stillwater Basin, Moon Lake, Brown Duck Basin and Lake Forest Mountain. Group torching, short range spotting and short runs are anticipated. Winds may influence fire spread into the Fish Creek drainage, toward the Stillwater Road and Rock Creek drainage. Crews will monitor this fire behavior, and air resources will continue to drop water on hot spots as needed, and as winds permit.

Weather: Red flag conditions on the fire today on areas above 9000 ft., due to increased winds and low relative humidity.  Temperatures continue to drop.  At 10,000 ft: max temperature 30-45, minimum RH 15-25, Haines 3, ridgetop gusts to 50 mph from the west, slope/valley W winds 5-15 mph winds with gusts up to 15-20 mph.

Resources: A total of 252 firefighters are assigned to the fire. There are five crews, five helicopters, ten engines, one dozer and four water tenders.

Jurisdiction: Ashley National Forest, Uintah and Ouray Tribal Lands, and State of Utah Lands.