The Incident Management Team on the Gilead Fire released the latest information on the fire this morning, and as of 8am, the fire was listed at 5,300 acres and 30% containment. The change in acreage was credited to better mapping.
According to their release, no active spread had occurred on the fire Friday. Ignitions improved from Thursday and helped secure the eastern flank of the fire. Work continued on a containment line on the southern flank of the fire.
Crews continue to make good progress. Direct containment actions on the southwest corner of the fire will be continued today.
Some engines will be demobilized as most of the work is now in areas inaccessible to engines.
A Public Meeting in Buffalo is scheduled for tonight at 5pm at the old Clear Creek School Gym at the intersection of Fort and Burritt Street. The public meeting in Story Friday night was attended by 161 community members.
The Bud Love Wildlife Habitat Management Unit remains closed to public use. Within the Bighorn National Forest, Forest Service trails closed include Trails 040, 039, 043, 010, 553, 549, 051, 550, 401, 042, 133, 106, 084, and 041. Forest Service roads include FSR 396 (Rock Creek Road) from the junction with FSR 399 (South Rock Creek Road), and FSR 388 (Keno Creek Road) in its entirety.
Fire danger remains extreme due to very dry conditions.
The release said 13,286 hours of work have been accomplished so far with no related injuries
Cost to date is $1.5 million.