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Clean up from Roosevelt Fire still in process; looking for volunteers

Many know about the Roosevelt Fire which took place last year, but the clean up efforts are still on-going with the blaze that burned over 57,000 acres.

Andrea Sramek is leading the volunteer efforts for the last spots she says have not been cleaned up entirely at Hoback Ranches. She says there needs to be a focus on tree removal.

“We are looking for people who have any kind of equipment and trailers,” Sramek said. “Who can help remove some of these trees that have fallen.”

She says these are trees that were threatening to fall on the road. She says there was so much to do and not enough help to do it that a secondary clean up was necessary. They’re hoping to get it all done before the snow falls.

Sramek says a Esther Judge from Jackson, Wyoming is leading an effort to help relocate historical cabins and some homes affected by the fire.

“These cabins and homes are free for the taking,” Sramek said. “The only thing we have to do is we have to pay for the transportation of the homes at Hoback Ranches.”

She says it is hard for these people who have lost homes to just stay in tents or campers. She is hoping this can help provide some homes for a season while they make a decision on what to do next.

“There’s been problems with insurance companies and people being very under-insured,” Sramek said. “And they didn’t realize this.”

The dates on the volunteer effort are September 28 and 29 at the Hoback Ranches. Volunteers will meet with property owners they will be working with that weekend. From there you will also see information about the cabins they’re hoping to relocate.

“We need funds for that,” Sramek said. “These people have already lost their homes, they’ve lost everything. We can kind of throw them a bone and give them somewhere comfortable to stay while they’re figuring out what to do.”

She says both days will begin at 9 AM at the Hoback Ranches parking lot. The volunteers will most likely go until about 3 or 4 PM depending on energy levels.