Gilead Fire Update 09/24/2012
Incident: Gilead Wildfire
Fire Location Approximately 8 miles southwest of Story WY and
approximately 10 miles northwest of Buffalo, WY.
Size 8,174 Acres
Fire Containment 61%
Management Objectives: Minimize risk to firefighters and air resources by limiting exposure to high-risk environment; provide for public safety; minimize risk to values including structures, recreation, and livestock; build and improve relationships with cooperators and the local community; keep the public informed of the fire situation, strategies, and management actions; and minimize fire spread.
Closures: An emergency closure, surrounding the fire perimeter is in effect on the Bighorn National Forest. See www.fs.usda.gov/bighorn/, www.inciweb.org/incident/3220, or any district office for further information.
Yesterday's events/actions: Additional handline was completed and secured from the burnout operation conducted on September 22 along the southeastern flank and from the Middle Fork Traill to the Hogsback Rims. Line was secured and mop up continued around the southern finger of the fire. Protection wrap was pulled from the two private cabins on the eastern flank.
Today's planned events/actions: Handline will be further secured on the southern finger and along the western flank to Middle Rock Creek. Firebox Spike Camp will be vacated with the exception of helispot support.
Weather outlook: Today's forecast calls for 5-10 mph upslope winds. Humidity will be at 27-32%, with temperatures ranging from 64-70 degrees. A 10% chance of thunderstorms is forecast with a potential for .01 inch wetting rain.
Current resources: Two helicopters; the Pike, Alpine, and San Juan Hotshots; and the Incident Management Team. The cost to date is $3.1 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; 41,076 hours of work with no injuries.