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East Fork Fire Now 73% Contained

U.S. Forest Service

The East Fork Fire has been burning in the Uinta Mountains since late August and is now 73% contained. 


The fire was started by a lightning strike on August 21st and has burned nearly 73,000 acres of forest about 30 miles east of Kamas.


The fire merged with the nearby Phinney Lake Fire in September and high winds caused initial trouble for crews fighting the blaze. 


There are currently 209 fire personnel fighting the fire and an expected full containment date has been tentatively set for October 30th. That date could change in the event of significant precipitation or additional fire in the area.


The Forest Service says closures are being evaluated on a daily basis but are still in effect for the Ashley National Forest and Uintah and Ouray Tribal Lands. The Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office has also closed county roads in and near the fire area. 


With helicopter crews helping fight the fire, drones are strictly prohibited from flying in the fire area. If drones are in the air, helicopters cannot fly.


More information on the East Fork Fire and specific area closures can be found here.

Sean Higgins covers all things Park City and is the Saturday Weekend Edition host at KPCW. Sean spent the first five years of his journalism career covering World Cup skiing for Ski Racing Media here in Utah and served as Senior Editor until January 2020. As Senior Editor, he managed the day-to-day news section of skiracing.com, as well as produced and hosted Ski Racing’s weekly podcast. During his tenure with Ski Racing Media, he was also a field reporter for NBC Sports, covering events in Europe.