Gilead Fire: 5760 Acres, 45% Contained

(Photo by Aaron Palmer)
(Photo by Aaron Palmer)

The Gilead Fire, near Buffalo, now encompasses 5,760 acres within the Big Horn National Forest.

Firefighters report the blaze is now 45 percent contained, but the fire remains largely unchecked along its western border because firefighters cannot access the area due to dangerous terrain.

The National Incident Response Team in charge of the area reports a red flag warning is in effect starting at noon today and continuing until midnight. Some fire growth is expected today due to dry and possibly windy conditions.

The Bud Love Wildlife Habitat Management Unit, along with more than 15 U.S. Forest Service trails, are closed for public safety.

The cost to date to fight the Gilead wildfire is $1.7 million. 203 personnel have put in a combined 15,806 hours of work with no injuries.

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