East Fork & Center Creek Trail Fire Update

September 27, 2020

Yesterday:High winds increased fire activity and visible smoke northwest ofMoonLake campground in Brown Duck Basin. These high winds also grounded aviation resources early in the day. Crews established hose lays along the Petty Mountain Loop Road, conducted suppression repair work, and monitored the perimeter for spot fires. 

Today’s Operations:Crews will continue to monitor and contain spot fires in Hells Canyon. Reduced wind activity will allow six aircraft, including Utah National Guard Blackhawks, to continue bucket work to suppress hot spots throughout the interior of the fire. Suppression repair will be taking place along the eastern perimeter of the fire. 

Closure Update:Rock Creek Road is now open to the Stillwater Ponds. We ask all forest users to respect closures and drive carefully as heavy fire traffic is in the area. 

Weather:Today will be sunny with gusty northerly winds early in the day, up to 40 miles per hour on the ridgetops in the early morning. Winds will abate by noon, decreasing to around 10-15 miles per hour. Temperatures will be about 10 degrees coldertoday, with 44-48 degrees at 10,000 feet, and 56-61 degrees at 8,000 feet. 

Resources:6Helicopters, 9 Engines, 3 water tenders, 1 Type-1 handcrew, 2 Type-2 Initial Attack handcrews, 2 dozers, and1 Wildland Fire Modules. Currently 266 firefighters are assigned to the East Fork Fire. The Center Creek Trail Fire has 9 firefighters assigned. 

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