Gilead Fire Now At 7,800 Acres, 50% Contained

Gilead Fire Now At 7,800 Acres, 50% Contained

The Gilead Fire, Northwest of Buffalo grew to 7,800 as of Sunday, and was still sitting at 50% containment.

Saturday, ground crews directed bucket drops as needed along the southern flank. Active fire with occasional torching was observed on the southern and western flanks due to the low relative humidity and wind. Most movement occurred in the southern fire area. There are no structures or homes threatened there.

Sunday, crews continued to patrol containment lines and direct helicopter bucket drops to slow fire growth.

Emergency closures on the Bighorn National Forest have been revised. Forest Service Area closure maps are available at Bighorn National Forest offices, and

Two helicopters with crews, one fire engine, and the Incident Command Team are currently assigned to the fire.

Fire danger continues to be extreme as conditions are very dry. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Bighorn National Forest. See for further information.

The cost to date is $2.2 million.

Firefighter injuries: None. 30,535 hours of work with no injuries.

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