Buffalo, Wyo. (August 29, 2012) – The Gilead Fire has grown to about 700 acres, according to Bighorn National Forest fire managers.
The fire, located about 10 miles northwest of Buffalo, Wyoming, made a significant run to the north this afternoon. A type 3 incident management team has been ordered, as have a heavy helicopter, two 20-person hotshot crews, and 10 fire engines. Twenty fire personnel are currently assigned to the fire.
Though firefighter and public safety take precedence for fire managers, structure protection at the H F Bar Ranch is a high priority. There are no short-term threats to structures at this time. Areas north of the fire, including Story, Wyoming, should expect heavy smoke tonight and tomorrow.
Information about the Gilead Fire is available on InciWeb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3220/. The Gilead Fire started August 14.
Bighorn National Forest fire crews responded to the Twin Buttes Fire north of Burgess Junction this afternoon. The fire, at about three to five acres in size, may be contained tomorrow. The cause of this fire is under investigation