The latest information on the Gilead Fire, as of 9am this morning, is that the fire has grown to 8,028 acres and is now only 38% contained.
Various Incident management teams have managed the fire depending on fire size and activity since August 30. Chuck Russell’s Type Three Incident Command Team is currently managing the fire.
The area experienced slight rainfall on September 16, which along with higher humidity slowed fire growth yesterday, but hotter, drier weather is expected this week.
Forest Service Area closure information and maps are available at Bighorn National Forest offices,or on-line at: www.fs.usda.gov/bighorn/ and www.inciweb.org/incident/3220/
Yesterday, Hot Shot crews constructed direct hand line along the south flank of the fire. Helicopters were utilized along the south flank for bucket drops. Efforts were made to secure two helispots to shuttle firefighters into the area of the south flank. Crews will continue to build and strengthen containment lines and direct helicopter bucket drops to slow fire growth on the south flank today. Engines and other resources are in the area of Paradise Guest Ranch for structure protection if needed.
Today’s forecast calls for moderate northwest winds with gusts to 20 mph, humidity in the upper teens, with warmer temperatures in the 60s to low 70s. Due to hotter and drier weather there could be more smoke visible today.
Current resources include three helicopters; the Roosevelt, Tatanka, and Alpine hotshots; four engines; and the Incident Management Team. There are 103 personnel currently on the fire. An additional hotshot crew will arrive today.
Firefighters have logged 32,006 hours of work with still no injuries.
The cost to date is $2.3 million.