Public’s help sought in Roosevelt Fire probe

Retardant is dropped on the Roosevelt Fire in September 2018. File photo

Fire investigator officers

and agents with U.S. Forest Service Law

Enforcement and Investigations on the

Bridger-Teton National Forest have spent

months continuing the investigation into

the ignition of the Roosevelt Fire. Now

the Forest Service is looking for help from

the public.

The Roosevelt Fire began mid-September

2018 during a heavy recreational use.

Many visitors were enjoying their public

lands during the opening of rifle deer season.

The fire resulted in the loss of numerous

private homes and structures in the

Hoback Ranches area, as well as serious

injuries to two men burned in the fire.

Investigators have determined the Roosevelt

Fire to be human caused, originating

from an abandoned warming fire in

the upper reaches of the Hoback River

drainage. The fire ignited approximately

3 miles west of the Upper Hoback Trailhead,

from a small topographic bench, on

a steep timbered slope, approximately 110

yards above the trail, on the south side of

the canyon. The area is located approximately

three-quarters of a mile east of the

lower reaches of Roosevelt Meadows, just

inside the Sublette County line. It’s believed

the involved person or persons may

have used this location as an observation

or resting point while passing through the

area. Numerous people were present in

the backcountry that weekend who may

be able to contribute information helpful

to the investigation.

Anyone with information as to the

cause of the fire, or persons responsible, is

urged to contact U.S. Forest Service Law

Enforcement at 208-557-5852.

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