Keeping the Citizens Informed

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Keeping the Citizens Informed

Over the weekend, over 150 people attended an informational meeting held at the Story Fire Hall to update folks and answer questions about the Gilead Fire burning approximately eight miles southwest of Story.

Susie Douglas, Public Affairs Specialist with the Bighorn National Forest...

The Gilead Fire was started by lightening on August 14th and has grown to over 1400 acres in remote, rough, steep terrain covered with timber that has little moisture content because of the dry summer.

Safety is a priority. Incident Commander for the Gilead Fire, Chuck Russell...

Because of the rugged terrain, efforts to get firefighters on the ground has been difficult. A Worland fuels crew has cut a helispot that will be used if firefighter evacuation is needed.

Crews are on the ground which include a 20-person hotshot hand crew, a one five-person hand crew, and one ten-person hand crew plus a water tender. Resources are limited because of the seasonal workforce and nationally there are a lot of fires.

For folks living close to the fire, the best piece of advice is to be prepared. Steve Small, with Sheridan County's Emergency Management team...

Folks should also sign up with the CodeRED notification system which will give officials the ability to quickly deliver emergency messages to your phone, land line or cell. Phone numbers must be registered. To register go to and click on the Code Red link. If you do not have a computer or have difficulties, help is available at your local library.

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