The Bighorn National Forest has announced that due to more accurate mapping, the Gilead Fire northwest of Buffalo is now reported to be 730 acres in size. Fire officials had estimated the size of the fire at more than 900 acres early Friday. A media release issued by the BHNF states that due to the extremely remote and rugged terrain of where the fire is burning, a direct attack by ground is not possible. Firefighters are constructing an indirect line in the event the fire comes out of the inaccessible terrain into an area where the fire can be suppressed safely.
A total of 50 personnel have been assigned to the fire, however additional resources have been requested but are limited and will be assigned based on priority. A mobile fire retardant base is being set up in Buffalo to allow for quicker turnaround times to the fire for a retardant plane. While no structures are threatened at this time, they are being assessed and prepared for protection.
Two public meetings have been announced as well. The first of which will be Saturday, September 1st a 7 pm at the Story Fire Hall. The second meeting will be Sunday, September 2nd at the Fairgrounds Community Building in Buffalo at 7 pm.