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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 25, 2020

East Fork Fire Wildfire
News – 10/25/2020

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

East Fork Fire: 89,369 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, posted October 15, 2020, is still in effect. A new road closure took effect on October 23, 2020, and encompassed Yellowstone Canyon Road.  These closures are 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 and https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7052 

Update: The winds yesterday were lighter than predicted which kept fire behavior to a minimum. Helicopters were unable able to perform bucket drops because the lake they were dipping from was frozen over.  They were able to get a really good look at the fire and see where any problem areas might be.   

Today’s plan is to patrol the fire perimeter and use helicopter buck drops when available and finish fire line rehab where possible. Keeping a close eye on the Moon lake area making sure the fire does not go anywhere. Continue to monitor wilderness areas and begin developing long range strategies for confinement in the wilderness. 

Temperatures will be dropping for the next few days. Overnight low for tonight is predicted to be 4 degrees and is not expected to get above freezing for the next few days in the lower elevations.  This poses another safety hazard for the fire fighters.  Hypothermia is a real danger while working in these temperatures. 

Weather: Mostly to partly sunny with heavy winds increasing throughout the day, West winds at 25-35 mph, gusting up to 55 mph. At 9,500 ft., maximum temperatures at 44-52, minimum RH is 23-33, Haines of 2. 

Resources: A total of 241 firefighters are assigned to the fire. There are two crews, four helicopters, eight engines, one dozer and four water tenders.  

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

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