The Gilead Fire NW of Buffalo has not grown in the last 24 hours and still sits at 8,050 acres but containment has improved to 42%, according to the latest information from Incident Command this morning.
Wednesday fire containment line construction continued with burnout operations where needed. Helicopter bucket drops were used to keep the fire in check.
Today crews will hold and improve completed containment lines on the south flank and construct hand line around the east side of the southern-most finger of the fire, and line the spot fire located to the south. Crews will complete burnout operations along the south flank. Engines and other resources are still in the area of Paradise Guest Ranch for structure protection if needed.
Closures in the Bighorn National Forest are still in effect. Area closure information and maps are available at Bighorn National Forest offices, www.fs.usda.gov/bighorn/ and www.inciweb.org/incident/3220/
Today's weather forecast is for cooler temperatures in the mid-60s and winds 9 to 15 mph with gusts to 20 mph occasionally.
Due to burning operations, smoke may be visible on the fire today.