East Fork Fire causes evacuations, road closures in Duchesne County

East Fork Fire, Oct. 2, 2020. Photo: UtahFireInfo

DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah, Oct. 2, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — Evacuations and closures in three areas were put in place Friday due to the flare up of the East Fork Fire, the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office announced.

Rock Creek Road, McAfee Basin and Blind Stream Road have been evacuated and will be closed until further notice, the sheriff’s office said.

“We ask the public to respect these road and area closures. Public Safety and Firefighters are diligently working to reopen these as soon as possible. These areas will be closed until further notice,” the Facebook post said.

The lightning-sparked East Fork Fire is burning in rugged terrain 13 miles north of Hanna, Utah. It started August 21.

The East Fork Fire and the Center Creek Trail Fire are under the command of the Ashley National Forest Type 3 Incident Command Team.

East Fork Fire, Oct. 2, 2020. Photo: UtahFireInfo

The East Fork Fire has burned a total of 71,420 acres and is 70 percent contained.

The Center Creek Trail fire has burned 1,242 acres and is zero percent contained.

186 firefighters have been assigned to the fires. Resources include 6 Helicopters, 8 Engines, 4 water tenders, 1 Type-1 hand-crew and 3 Type-2 Initial Attack hand crews.

The fire activity is expected last until the first significant precipitation arrives.

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