The Gilead Fire NW of Buffalo grew slightly yesterday to now sit at 8,068 acres, but containment has also increased to 47%, according to the latest information from Incident Command.
Thursday, the Roosevelt Hotshots contained the 5-acre spot fire and began mopping up the interior. Hand line was completed from helispot 9 to the hogback ridge near helispot 10. Burning operations and helicopter bucket dumps were hampered by erratic, gusty winds. Crews have set up sprinkler systems and removed brush and slash near cabins.
Today the San Juan Hotshots will continue to secure the area around Ginger’s cabin. Burnout operations will continue as weather and winds allow. An engine is staged in the area of Paradise Guest Ranch and other residential cabins.
Currently, two helicopters; one air attack; the Roosevelt, Pike, Alpine, and San Juan Hotshots; one engine; and the Incident Management Team are all assigned to the fire.
An emergency closure surrounding the fire perimeter is still in effect on the Bighorn National Forest. See www.fs.usda.gov/bighorn/, www.inciweb.org/incident/3220, or any district office for further information.
No firefighter injuries have been reported in the 37,418 hours of work on the fire.
The cost to date is $2.8 million.