Reduced Area Closure Gilead Fire
Incident: Gilead Wildfire
Gilead Fire area closure reduced.
The Temporary Area Closure for the Gilead Fire was reduced by 13,775 acres this morning.
The new Area Closure opened up 951 acres to the northeast and 12,824 acres to the southwest.
"We need to keep some areas closed until a season-ending event occurs and fire operations have ceased," said district ranger Mark Booth. "With the fire potentially active in some areas and firefighters still working, it wouldn't be safe for people to be using the roads and trails."
The Restricted Area includes areas
- West of the Bud Love Winter Game Range
- North of Paradise Guest Ranch
- South and east of Willow Park Reservoir
Trails in the restricted area are Forest Service trails 039, 553, 549, 051, 550, 401, 131, 041, and portions of 040 and 043. Forest Trail 040 is closed from its junction with trail 034 southerly to its junction with trail 043. Approximately the last mile of Forest Service road 396 is still in the restricted area.
The special order, a map showing the restricted area, and information about the Gilead Fire are available on the Internet at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3220/, at the Powder River Ranger District office in Buffalo, at the Story Store, and on the Bighorn National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/bighorn/.
Violation of the special order is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor. Violators may be fined $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.
Due to very high fire danger, Stage I fire restrictions are in effect on the Bighorn National Forest. Fire restrictions are posted on the Bighorn's website at www.fs.usda.gov/bighorn/.
For more information about fire conditions on the Bighorn, please contact the local ranger district office.
· Powder River Ranger District in Buffalo at 307.684.7806