East Fork & Center Creek Trail Fire Update

September 23, 2020

East Fork Fire:Yesterday fire behavior was moderate northwest of the Moon Lake campground in the Brown Duck Basin. Fire behavior was light in the Mackentire draw, and the lower portions of Rock Creek drainage. The West Fork Rock Creek area saw minimal intensity and rates of spread as the area slowly runs out of burnable fuel near treeline.

Center Creek Trail Fire:The Center Creek Trail Fire is showing limited fire behavior and currently poses no threat of moving south toward the wilderness boundary. 

Today‚Äôs Operations:Crews will work to monitor values near Yellowstone drainage and Brown Duck drainage northwest of Moon Lake as fire behavior remains moderately active. Mop-up, Chipping operations, and suppression repair continues along the eastern fire perimeter. Suppression repair work is complete on contained lines from Moon Lake Road to Rock Creek Road. Crews will continue monitoring these containment lines. 

Safety:With muzzleloader deer season starting today, Great Basin Team 7 reminds hunters to adhere to all closure orders and remain cognizant of fire personnel in the area. The fire is still active, hazard trees are a danger, and rockslides in burned areas can occur. Information about closures for hunters can be found on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7052/56691/

Weather: Precipitation in the area yesterday had little impact on the fire, despite briefly increasing relative humidities. The bulk of the showers missed the fire and fine fuels will quickly dry out this morning. Today will be mostly sunny, with temperatures in the upper 50s at 10,000 ft, and in the mid-70s at lower elevations. Afternoon winds from the S/SE are expected at 5-9 mph with gusts to 18 mph. 

Resources: 3Helicopters, 19 Engines, 8 water tenders, 2 Type 2 Initial Attack handcrews, 2 dozers and 1 Wildland Fire Module. Currently 270 firefighters are assigned to the East Fork Fire. The Center Creek Trail Fire has 12 firefighters assigned.

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