Roosevelt Fire Human Caused, Update

News Wyoming News October 1, 2018

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Roosevelt Fire Human Caused, Update

PINEDALE, WY. – The Roosevelt Fire which has now burned 61,448 acres, and destroyed 50 plus homes south of Jackson, has been determined to be human caused by an abandoned warming fire left unattended. The Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Remain in effect – campfires and warming fires are allowed only in designated places. Please ensure campfires and warming fires are fully extinguished.

Highway 189/191 is now fully open through the fire area with reduced speed limits and lane restrictions. There are no further closures expected.

The Forest Service has reduced the size of the area closure – Cliff Creek Road is open, but the area to the south of the road is closed – the trail to Cliff Creek Pass and Horse Heaven Meadows is open, but the area to the east and southeast of the trail is closed. North Horse Creek Road is open for public travel, but the area north of the road is closed. Forest Service and BLM area closures are being evaluated daily. For the most up to date information, visit the Roosevelt Fire Inciweb page.

Some Evacuation Zone Levels have been reduced. All Evacuation Zones north of Highway 189/191 are in the READY level. Evacuation Levels in Zone 7 are at READY. Zone 6.1 (West and Central Hoback Ranches) is at SET. Zone 6 and 6.2 (Watson Draw) remained at the GO level. Zone 8 (Rolling Thunder and Jim Bridger Estates is at the SET level. Evacuation levels are continuously being evaluated. For the most update to date information, visit the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office website.

Fire activity on the Roosevelt Fire today is expected to be low to moderate. Creeping fire with some torching of trees may take place. Interior burning is expected to continue today and contribute to the smoke from the fire. Firefighters continue to reinforce containment lines as necessary, and mop-up hotspots throughout the fire area. Suppression damage repair is underway and back haul of unneeded fire equipment from the fire line is taking place.

Containment of the fire has reached 60% and is expected to increase quickly as rain is forecasted for Tuesday through Thursday. Firefighters and fire equipment are being demobbed from the fire today through Wednesday. A local Type 3 Incident Management Team will take command of the fire on Thursday, October 4 at 6:00 a.m., with operations based in Pinedale – the current Incident Command Post will close.

In Hoback Ranches, recovery efforts continue today. Lower Valley Energy and Rocky Mountain Energy are working to restore destroyed infrastructure, while firefighters continue to clear dangerous snags and put out hotspots of fire as they occur.

HUNTING SEASON: Big Game rifle and bowhunters displaced from the Roosevelt Fire should contact the Wyoming Game & Fish Department – Pinedale Regional Office, for hunting updates at 307-367-4353 or on the web: http://www.wsfd.wyo.gov/hunting

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