(Sunday, September 9 @ 3pm) Evelyn Morgan, with the Gilead Fire Incident Management Team, released the latest information on the fire this afternoon.
According to her release, the Gilead Fire is 40% contained. A direct fire containment line has been constructed around the eastern and southern flanks of the fire. The western flank of the fire is completely within the boundaries of the Bighorn National Forest, and no homes or structures are threatened in that area.
The western flank of the fire from Firebox Park to approximately one mile west of the Martini Trail will remain in monitor status as putting firefighters on the ground in such rugged terrain is dangerous.
Gilead Fire Incident Commander Chuck Russell said, “We do not place our firefighters in situations that could cause harm or death. If there are no escape routes, safety zones or medevac locations, we will not risk their safety. Firefighter safety remains paramount in suppressing this fire.”
Aerial suppression, including helicopter bucket drops, have assisted in keeping the fire in check within the steep and rocky terrain until a season ending event (rain and/or snow) takes place.
We will have more information as it is released by Incident Management.