Officials with the National Incident Management Team have confirmed the Gilead fire, which is burning in the Big Horn National Forest approximately 10 miles northeast from Buffalo and 8 miles from Story, has now reached 1720 acres.
The fire, which started three weeks ago from a lightening strike, grew by approximately 400 acres since the yesterday's report, and the growth potential of the fire is still classified as high. Firefighter efforts over the last day focused on the north and northeast borders of the blaze, where crews completed some fireline.
152 people are assigned to the fire. Today's ambition includes creating a second helicopter landing area near the southeast part of the fire, which would enable more logistical access to the edges of the fire.
Otherwise, the fire is being watched via air surveillance and bucket drops. For the most updated information from the Incident Response Team, click here.