Officials with the Bighorn National Forest have released the latest information on the Gilead Fire.
The report, as of Monday afternoon, September 3, was the fire grew by 300 acres yesterday, and is now 1,359 acres. It is located roughly eight (8) miles southwest of Story.
Two helicopters checked fire as it spread to the northeast. The Worland fuels crew was able to cut a helispot that will be used if firefighter evacuation is needed. Crews applied fire wrap to Ginger’s Cabin.
Today, crews will initiate direct attack/suppression actions on the northeastern edge of the fire and along fire perimeters. Sprinklers will be installed at Ginger’s Cabin. Lookouts will continue to observe weather conditions and the spread of the fire. Firefighters will continue to assess structures, fuels, access, and water sources in the area between the fire and Story. The Wyoming Hotshots are scheduled to arrive today.
Additional hand crews, aircraft, and engines have been ordered. Resources are limited and will be assigned based on priority. A mobile fire retardant base has been set up in Buffalo to allow for quicker turnaround times to the fire for a retardant plane.
Fire danger is still considered Extreme as conditions remain very dry.
No evacuations have been ordered at this time and no injuries associated with the fire have been reported.