The Bighorn National Forest issued a media release regarding the latest information on the Gilead Fire northwest of Buffalo. It states that Chuck Russell’s type 3 incident management team took over management of the fire early Thursday morning. Safety concerns preclude firefighters on the ground. Fire managers are monitoring the fire from the air and observing it from vantage points on the ground. Though there is no immediate threat to structures, structure protection is a priority and preparations are ongoing to protect them. Bighorn National Forest fire managers are working closely with Johnson County emergency management and fire control district officials.
Resources that are being used to battle the blaze include; two engines, one light helicopter, the five-person Bighorn fire module, with a total of 45 personnel assigned to the fire. Other resources, including a heavy helicopter, hand crews, and engines have been requested. Resources are limited and will be assigned based on priority.
The Gilead Fire was started by lightning on August 14. The fire is burning in lodgepole pine in a remote area characterized by very rough and rocky terrain. The fire was estimated at 737 acres as of Thursday night. Growth potential for the fire remains high.