The 61,511 acres Roosevelt Fire is now 100 percent contained. The announcement came from the Bridger-Teton National Forest Roosevelt Fire Information Office at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Effective at 12 noon, Friday, Oct. 5, the closure area around the Roosevelt Fire in the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Boundurant, Wyoming was opened to the public.
With the lifting of the closure, the forest service reminds anyone entering the previously closed area to be aware of the hazards inherent with traveling through a recently burned terrain. Visitors should plan more than one travel route through the area, in the event it becomes necessary to escape approaching fire or avoid hot, smoldering fuels within the burn scar.
The Forest Service advised visitors who choose to enter the fire area or use trails in the area do so at their own risk. Fire weakened trees, known as snags, may fall at any time and trails may not be passable due to downed trees and branches. The fire destroyed 55 homes at Hoback Ranches in late September. Three injuries were reported as part of the overall fire, but with no further details were available.
The fire was human caused, the result of an abandoned warming warming fire left unattended at a mid-slope location in the Wyoming Mountain Range. The case remains under investigation. Both Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and U.S. Congresswoman Liz Cheney visited the site of the fire.