The Gilead Fire Incident Management Team released the latest information on the fire this morning, saying the fire had grown to 3,936 acres as of 9 am.
The Gilead Fire began August 14 with a lightning strike on the Bighorn National Forest.
According to their release, Tuesday the fire backed into lighter fuel and favorable terrain on the northeast flank where the completed line allowed for direct attack by engines. Some wind-driven fire growth to the southeast in rugged and varied terrain prevented access or engagement. A sprinkler system was started at the closest threatened structure on the southwest. A rappel crew completed construction of second helispot. Night operations were initiated to patrol and maintain public awareness.
Closures within the Bighorn National Forest on the following trails and roads continue: Forest Service trails 040, 039, 043, 010, 553, 549, 051, 550, 401, 042, 133, 106, 084, and 041. Forest Service roads include FSR 396 from the junction with FSR 399 and FSR 388 in its entirety.
Also, the Bud Love Wildlife Habitat Management Unit was closed to public use today.
Line construction will continue on the north and east flanks today and firefighters and dozers will continue to reinforce containment lines. Structure protection will continue on the northeast flank. Structure assessment will begin at Steerhead Ranch, Paradise Ranch, Hunter Summer Home Group, and French Creek Cow Camp.
Additional resources continue to arrive, and a total of 181 personnel have so far been assigned to the fire.
Cost of the fire to date $1,046,300.
No injuries have been reported so far.
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