Update for August 30, 2012
Incident: Gilead Wildfire
On the Bighorn National Forest
About 2 miles west of Stone Mountain
About 10 miles northwest of Buffalo, Wyo.
Overview: The Gilead Fire was started by lightning on August 14. The fire is burning in lodgepole pine in a remote area characterized by very rough and rocky terrain. The fire grew yesterday to about 737 acres.
Today's activities/events: Chuck Russell's type 3 incident management team took over management of the fire at 6:00 am today. Safety concerns preclude firefighters on the ground. Fire managers are monitoring the fire from the air and observing it from vantage points on the ground. Though there is no immediate threat to structures, structure protection is a priority and preparations are ongoing to protect them. Bighorn National Forest fire managers are working closely with Johnson County emergency management and fire control district officials.
Smoke: Smoke will be visible today.
Weather outlook: Cooler temperatures today with highs in the low 80s. Winds should be south to southeast 4 to 12 mph. There is little chance of rain.
Current resources: Two engines, one light helicopter, the five-person Bighorn fire module, for a total of 45 personnel assigned to the fire. Other resources, including a heavy helicopter, hand crews, and engines have been requested. Resources are limited and will be assigned based on priority.
Fire danger: Extreme - conditions are very dry