Gilead Now at 4,430 Acres, 5% Containment

(Photo Courtesy of Gene Sturlin)
(Photo Courtesy of Gene Sturlin)

The Gilead Fire burning burning 10 miles northwest of Buffalo and 8 miles southwest of Story is now at 4,430 acres as of Thursday night. The fire is also estimated to be 5% contained. Heavy smoke at times Thursday gave the impression that the fire had grown significantly. The heavy smoke according to fire management officials was from higher humidity and cooler temperatures in the area.

Planned actions include to improve the line on the eastern flank and remove pockets of unburned fuel. Construction of a dozer line on the southeast flank will extend to the south. Firefighters will continue structure protection at Ginger's Cabin. Structure assessments will continue south of the fire toward Paradise and Hunter Mesa. There are a total of 221 personnel battling the blaze, that to date, has cost $1.3 million to fight the fire. More information on the Gilead Fire is available here.

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