The Gilead Fire northwest of Buffalo has seen little growth in the last 24 hours and containment still sits at 38%, according to the latest media release from Incident Command this morning.
Tuesday, three Hotshot crews constructed direct and indirect hand line and conducted firing operations along the southern flank of the fire. Smoke was visible from these burning operations. Two new helispots were constructed, which will be used for shuttling firefighters and for emergency evacuation.
Helicopters conducted bucket drops along the southern flank of the fire.
Today, crews will hold and improve lines constructed along the southern flank and scouting will continue in this area for additional line construction. Burning operations to secure indirect fire line and helicopter bucket drop operations along the fire line are planned. Aviation resources will continue to drop water on a 5-acre spot fire above South Rock Creek.
Engines and other resources are in the area of Paradise Guest Ranch for structure protection, if needed.
Today, weather forecasts call for warmer temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s with moderate winds gusting occasionally to 20 mph.
Smoke may be visible today due to warmer, drier weather and burning operations.
An emergency closure, surrounding the fire perimeter, is in effect on the Bighorn National Forest.
Click on www.fs.usda.gov/bighorn/, or www.inciweb.org/incident/3220, or visit any district office for further information.