Massive human-caused wildfire near Grand Teton 40 percent contained after burning at least 55 homes
As of 8 a.m. Saturday morning, the Roosevelt Fire in western Wyoming was 57,969 acres and 40 percent contained.
Officials now say the human-caused fire was ignited by an abandoned warming fire left unattended around Sept. 14-15 on a steep slope in the upper reaches of the Hoback River drainage.
Investigators are asking anyone with information as to the cause, or people responsible, to contact U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement at 208-557-5852.
Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in effect, meaning that campfires and warming fires are allowed only in designated places and must be fully extinguished. Strong winds and dry fuels still persist today, and a red flag warning remains in effect.
There were 1,160 people working on the fire Saturday. Firefighting efforts Saturday focused on the southwest side of the fire in the North Dry Beaver Creek area west of Jim Bridger Estates.
Additional resources were allocated to this area, allowing firefighters to make “steady progress” in securing fire lines to keep the fire from moving to the east. A structure protection group is also working ahead of the fire to protect homes.
Highway 191 is now fully open through the fire area. Further closures are not expected but, depending on fire activity, may be necessary. Power has also been restored to the Kendall Valley and Upper Green area.
A total of 55 homes have been lost. Recovery efforts in Hoback Ranches area are continuing in order to let residents back in. Lower Valley Energy and Rocky Mountain Energy are working to restore destroyed infrastructure and firefighters are clearing dangerous snags and putting out hotspots as they occur. These efforts will continue for a number of days until the area is deemed safe for residents to return.
Those wishing to donate or offer assistance, or those affected by the fire, may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Marten Creek Fire, east of Afton, Wyoming, is now 90 percent contained at a size of 6,483 acres.