Wyoming’s Roosevelt Fire Now Over 25,000 Acres in Size
The Roosevelt Fire burning on the Bridger-Teton National Forest south of Bondurant grew to 25,168 acres as of Wednesday morning, marking an increase of roughly 20,000 acres in less than 24 hours.
A fire map posted by National Forest officials shows that the entire fire perimeter remains uncontrolled, and has intruded into the Hoback Ranches area. An evacuation notice for residents in the Upper Hoback, Rolling Thunder and Jim Bridger Estates was issued Tuesday.
A Red Cross shelter was set up at the LDS church in Pinedale on Tuesday. Residents in other nearby areas had evacuated previously.
A Type II incident management team assumed command of the fire at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Firefighters and personnel working the blaze number 255 as of Wednesday morning.
The cause of the fire remains unknown. It was first reported on Saturday and has since grown rapidly due to ideal weather conditions.
Fire managers say there is a high potential for the fire to continue spreading. The blaze is burning in heavy timber.