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 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.