The area closure surrounding the Gilead Fire has been lifted, as have Stage I fire restrictions.
Forest supervisor Bill Bass stated, “We’d like to thank the public for their understanding and cooperation since the restrictions were imposed.”
Recent moisture and cooler temperatures have helped reduce the risk of a wildfire starting on the Bighorn. Because the moisture was fairly scattered, fire officials are asking everyone to continue using extreme caution when recreating or working in the woods.
“Conditions could dry out again in the next week or so, so we’re asking everyone to be very careful with fire,” said fire management officer Jon Warder.
Booth encourages people in that area to be wary for potential fire activity, and to watch for dead and weakened trees that may fall, even when it isn’t particularly windy.
For more information, please contact the Powder River Ranger District office in Buffalo at 307.684.7806.