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Type 1 Incident Management Team ordered for Roosevelt Fire

UPDATE 9/23/18 2:32 p.m.: The Sublette Co. Sherriff’s Department is issuing a “GO” evcuation order for Rim Station, Rim Ranches and Sargent Lane.

Everyone in those areas leave immediately.

UPDATE 9/21/5:30 p.m. Bridger-Teton National Forest fire managers and Unit Administrators for Sublette County Unified Fire, Bureau of Land Management and Wyoming State Forestry Division have ordered a national Type 1 incident management team Friday, September 21, to manage the Roosevelt Fire.

The incident’s complexity is increasing as structures have been damaged and evacuation orders are expanding.

Fire managers also recognize the need for the additional planning and operations capacity that a Type 1 team can provide.

Members of Great Basin Team 2–led by Incident Commander Tony DeMasters–will receive a briefing at the Bondurant Fire Hall on Saturday, September 22.

On Sunday, September 23 the team will “shadow” Great Basin Team 6, the team currently managing the fire. Transfer of command will take place Monday, September 23 at 6 AM.

The Roosevelt Fire was detected on Saturday, September 15. A local Type 3 incident management team managed the fire until Great Basin Team 6 took command of the fire on Wednesday, September 19.

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UPDATE 9/21/18 10:00 a.m. The Great Basin Interagency Incident Management Team reports the Roosevelt Fire remains 0 percent contained and has grown to 34,411 acres.

Some 420 firefighters aided by air tankers and helicopters are battling the fire, which began last weekend.

Fire growth pushed the fire towards South Beaver Creek and Strawberry Ridge. As a result, Jim Bridger Subdivision was evacuated.

The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation order for Upper Hoback, Rolling Thunder, Jim Bridger Estates and Hoback Ranches.

You can view a map of the fire below.

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UPDATE 9/20/18 4:20 p.m.: The Bridger Teton National Forest Supervisor has ordered an emergency area, road and trail closure due to the Roosevelt Fire to protect the public.

The order will be in effect until November 20, 208 or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.

Any violation of the prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations and/or imprisonment for not more than six months.

You can view a list of all the closures HERE.

You can view a map of the closures HERE.

Officials say one home has been burned in a growing wildfire in western Wyoming.

The fire in the Bridger-Teton National Forest and on private land about 30 miles south of Jackson has burned nearly 49 square mile. It has forced the evacuation of about 230 rural homes.

At approximately 11:27 a.m. Thursday, the Rim Ranches and the Rim Station area were placed into the “SET” stage. This means you may be asked to evacuate at a moment’s notice, to be packed and ready to evacuate. When evacuations actually start that is known as the “GO” stage. If the Rim Ranches and Rim Station area fall under the “GO” stage and evacuate, the number of homes in the evacuation could rise.

While no one has been hurt, the fire burned at least one home and is threatening others along U.S. 189/191.

The dry, windy weather conditions on Thursday were expected to be conducive to more fire growth although temperatures were cooler.

Some 260 firefighters aided by air tankers and helicopters are battling the fire, which began last weekend. They are working to construct lines separating the fire from several rural subdivisions, and more firefighting resources have been arriving.

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UPDATE 9/20/18: The Great Basin Interagency Incident Management Team reports the Roosevelt Fire has grown to 29,162 acres.

One structure was lost Wednesday night in the fire advancement; however, no injuries have occurred.

Firefighter and public safety is the primary concern in the full-suppression mission to contain the fire. Direct attack suppression tactics and structure protection in communities are currently being utilized. Dozers are being used to plow wide containment lines through the thick forest undergrowth. Resources continue to arrive to assist existing fire personnel.

There are currently 259 personnel on this incident.

You can view the latest map of the fire below.

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UPDATE 9/19/18: The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office reports an estimated 230 homes have been evacuated for the Roosevelt Fire.

It has reportedly burned over 25,000 acres and is 0 percent contained.

The fire triggered evacuations on Monday for subdivisions in the area including the Upper Hoback, Rolling Thunder and Jim Bridger Estates.

Hoback ranches were also evacuated Tuesday.

The Red Cross has set up shelter at the Pinedale Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building that has not been utilized as of yet.

The Red Cross did assist five families to arrange other shelters locally Tuesday night.

The sheriff’s office said many evacuated residents have found shelter with neighboring friends and family members.

The fire is a dynamic situation, at this point it is unclear when residents of the affected areas will be allowed to return to their homes.

Residents from the evacuated area will not be allowed to return to their homes for items or to check their homes until the evacuation has been lifted.

US Highway 189/191 is currently open, but for updates check the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page or go HERE.

A public meeting is scheduled in Bondurant at the school tomorrow night at 6 p.m.

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UPDATE 9/18/18: Sublette County Emergency Management reports Hoback ranches have been put into the “GO!” stage.

The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office is requesting residents in Hoback ranches evacuate the area immediately due to the Roosevelt Fire.

There is a shelter set up with the American Red Cross at the Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints Church in Pinedale.

UPDATE 9/17/18: The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation notices for the Upper Hoback area.

The Roosevelt Fire, burning on the Big Piney Ranger District south of Bondurant, Wyoming, is currently estimated to be 5,000 acres. The fire is burning in heavy timber and steep rugged terrain.

For more information contact the sheriff’s office at 307-367-4378 option 6.

The forest has also implemented an emergency area and trail closure due to the Roosevelt Fire.

The closure includes all National Forest System lands within the area described as follows, “The northern boundary of Highway 189/191 beginning at Lime Creek, southeast to The Rim, following the Forest Boundary west then south to Tripod Hill, then west along FS Road 10359 to FS Road 10143, then southwest along Trail 049 to Lookout Mountain, then northwest to Deadman Lookout, then north to the end of Little Greys Forest Road 10047, then along the Wyoming Range Trail 048, then north along the Jackson/Big Piney District boundary to Clause Peak and Ramshom Peak, and back to Lime Creek.”

This closure may be expanded as necessary.

The Marten Fire was discovered Sunday, September 16, on the Greys River Ranger District south of Corral Creek, 13 miles east of Afton, Wyoming. Initial aerial reconnaissance estimates the fire to be approximately 3,500 acres. Fire personnel evacuated campers from the area Sunday evening. Western Wyoming’s Type 3 Incident Management Team will take over management of the fire early Tuesday morning. The Greys River Road #10138 is currently closed from North Three Forks to the Cazier/Corral Guard Station.

The Rimrock Fire was discovered Monday morning by a Teton Interagency Helicopter while enroute to the Martin Fire and is estimated at a half acre in size. This fire is located near Ramshorn Peak on the Big Piney Ranger District burning in grass and dead and down fuel. Helitack firefighters are suppressing the fire. Cause of the fire is suspected to be an abandoned warming fire. There are no closures associated with this fire.

The Spider Fire is located on the Pinedale Ranger District in the Bridger Wilderness. It is approximately two acres and was reported on Saturday, September 15. It is located near Bald Mountain Basin burning in a sparse patch of timber and grass. Fire is smoldering and creeping. There are no closures associated with this fire.

The Lead Creek Fire was reported Friday, September 14, four miles west of Sherman Guard Station on the Big Piney Ranger District. The fire is burning in grass, sage and some timber. The fire is 2/10 of an acre. Firefighters took suppression actions and the fire is currently controlled.

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Several fires are burning in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Fire officials are considering the weather, resources, predicted fire behavior and the fuel conditions for each of the wildfires to determine management actions.

The Martin Fire was discovered Sunday on the Greys River Ranger District south of Corral Creek.

The fire is estimated to be about 200 to 300 acres and is driven by the wind.

Campers are being evacuated from the area.

A Type 3 Incident Management Team has been ordered.

The Spider Fire is located on the Pinedale Ranger District in the Bridger Wilderness area.

It is about two acres and was reported on Saturday near Bald Mountain Basin burning in timber and grass.

The Roosevelt fire is burning on the Big Piney Ranger District south of Bondurant Wyoming and was reporter on Saturday.

It is burning in heavy timber and in rugged terrain.

It is located three miles west of the Upper Hoback Trailhead near Roosevelt Meadows.

It is about 500 acres, and the cause is unknown.

Two men that were in the area of the Roosevelt Fire had to retreat to water in a creek as the fire quickly moved in their direction.

They were transported to medical services at St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming and are being taken to a burn center in Salt lake City.

The extent of their injuries is unknown.

The Lead Creek Fire was reported on September 14th four miles west of Sherman Guard Station on the Big Piney Ranger District.

It is two tenths of an acre.

Fire figheters took suppression actions and is under control.

News Team

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