According to a media release from the Bighorn National Forest, the Gilead Fire on the National Forest has grown to about five acres since Monday. The fire is located about two miles west of Stone Mountain, or about 10 miles northwest of the city of Buffalo.
Forest Service District Ranger Mark Booth said that because the fire is burning in steep, rough, and rocky terrain, it is nearly inaccessible and is not safe to put firefighters on the ground at this time. Forest Service personnel are monitoring the fire from a nearby vantage point and from the air. Booth indicated that a helicopter will continue to make bucket drops on the fire.
Smoke will continue to be visible from areas along Interstate 90 between Sheridan and Buffalo until significant precipitation occurs in the area. The Gilead Fire was started by lightning on August 14th.