Gilead Fire Update For Tuesday, September 11

File photo.
File photo.

The Gilead Fire Incident Command team released the latest information on the fire this morning, and there was very little growth according to the release, even with the expected gusty winds associated with the weather front from yesterday.
The fire has consumed 5,760 acres and still sits at 45% containment.
Monday, resources were pre-positioned around the fire perimeter in anticipation of conditions associated with a red flag warning, which will be in effect today through midnight.
No helicopters were utilized yesterday due to the gusty winds.
Yesterday the western flank had insignificant burning and all containment lines were held. There was no threat to homes on the east side of the fire. Perimeter monitoring continued, however crews were pulled out of trees and into safe areas due to falling snag hazards.
Today, the red flag warning will be in effect through midnight, but winds are expected to be calmer today, between 5 to 15mph. Temperatures are forecast to be cooler today in the mid to upper 60's. Resources will be staged around the fire again today in anticipation of the weather event.
Direct line construction will continue on the southwest flank of the fire.
Fire danger is still extreme.
The cost of the fire so far sits at $2.0 million.
There are still no reported injuries in 24,000 work hours on the fire.

* Red Flag Warning: A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occuring now or will in the near future. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.

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