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East Fork Fire

Unit Information

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

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East Fork Fire Update - October 24, 2020

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 10/24/2020

East Fork Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7052/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AshleyNationalForest/

E-mail: 2020.EastFork@FireNet.gov   Phone: 435-635-8738

East Fork Fire: 89,140 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, and were expanded as of October 22, 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: https://tinyurl.com/y5k3vxyc.

The expanded closure is a road closure, Yellowstone Rd.  Because of anticipated increased winds through the weekend the road will remain closed for public and firefighter safety. The current information map that shows the closure boundary as well as the closure notice can be found at Ashley National Forest Facebook page or inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7052.

Update: Yesterday fire activity was moderate. Predicted Red Flag conditions did not come to fruition and did not result in much fire growth. Helicopters were able to perform bucket drops on hot spots as they arose.

Today, moderate to active fire behavior is anticipated around the Upper Stillwater Reservoir, with single tree torching. Moderate to high fire activity is also predicted for the Brown Duck Basin and north of Lake Fork Mountain including group torching, short range spotting and short, wind-driven runs. The fire will continue to progress east with westerly winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour. Crews will continue to monitor this fire behavior, and air resources will continue to drop water on hot spots as needed and as winds permit.

Weather: The fire will continue to progress east with westerly winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour. At 10,000 ft: the max temperature will be 43, minimum RH 14, Haines 4, ridgetop gusts to 25 mph from the west, slope/valley W winds 8-12 mph winds with gusts up to 20 mph.

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

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