The public meeting on the Gilead Fire held in Buffalo Saturday evening drew about 50 concerned citizens who wanted to be updated on the current fire situation and to ask questions of those in charge of fighting the fire.
Chuck Russell, Incident Commander of the Gilead Fire, spoke about how firefighters have resonded in the last week, digging fire containment lines and assessing the situation.
Helicopter repel crews and Hot Shot crews are on-site, evaluating accessibility at different locations inside the fire area.
Crews have containment lines cut around the north, northeast and southeast flanks of the fire, but in the rough backcountry areas to the west, firefighters' access has been limited. The fire, Russell said, has luckily not moved much in that area, although he stressed it could given the right conditions.
The priority now will be securing the lines before windy conditions arise Sunday through Tuesday. Containment lines are expected to be completed in the areas to the south by the end of this week, when a cold front with winds is expected to move through the area.
John Jenkins asked about the extent of timber mortality in the fire area, which Russell and BHNF Powder River District Ranger Mark Booth answered.
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