Gilead Fire Update 9/17/2012
Incident: Gilead Wildfire
Fire Information Phone 307-684-2161 (Note new phone number)
Fire Location Approximately 8 miles southwest of Story WY and
approximately 10 miles northwest of Buffalo, WY.
Size 7800 Acres
Fire Containment 50%
Overview: The Gilead Fire began August 14 with a lightning strike on the Bighorn NF. The San Juan Hotshots, a helicopter and local firefighters re-conned the fire, determining that the terrain precluded putting firefighters on the ground. Helicopter bucket drops continued for the better part of two weeks. On August 29, the fire grew from 15 acres to 700 acres.Chuck Russell's Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire on August 30. Containment lines were constructed on the north, east, and southern flanks of the fire. On September 13 Chuck Russell transferred command of the fire to Geoff Bell's Type 3 Incident Management Team. On September 15, Geoff Bell will transferred command to a new Incident Commander, Scott McConchie. On September 17, Scott McConchie transferred command to Chuck Russell's Type 3 Incident Command Team.
Closures: The Bighorn National Forest emergency closure is in effect for the following area. Forest Service trails include 040 (portion closed), 039, 043, (portion closed), 010, 553, 549, 051, 550,042,133,106,084, 401, 131, and 041. Forest Service roads include 396 from its junction FSR 399 and FRS 388 in its entirety. FT 040 is closed from its junction with FT 034 southerly to its junction with FT 043. The southern boundary of the closure area is FT 042 from the Bighorn National Forest boundary west to FR 396, westerly to FR 399, westerly along FT 007 and 219 to the junction of FT 030.
Yesterday's events/actions: Crews on the ground directed bucket drops as needed along the southern flank. Fire activity was confined to interior with little movement to the south. There are no structures or homes threatened.
Planned events/actions: Crews will continue to patrol containment lines and direct helicopter bucket drops to slow fire growth. Crews will strengthen containment lines on the south flank
Weather outlook: Today's forecast calls for light north to northwest winds, humidity in the 20's, with cooler temperatures in the 50's.
Current resources: Three helicopters with crews, the Roosevelt and Tatanka hot shot crews and the Incident Commander. The cost to date is $2.3 million.
Fire danger: Extreme - conditions are very dry. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Bighorn NF. See www.fs.usda.gov/bighorn/ for further information.
Firefighter injuries: None; 30,770 hours of work with no injuries.