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Roosevelt Fire losses continue

Although firefighters are making some progress, the Roosevelt Fire near Bondurant, Wyoming continues to pose a threat to western Wyoming.

Evacuations:
The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office reports at least 55 structures have been confirmed lost to the Roosevelt Fire near Bondurant, Wyoming and more losses are likely. A “GO” evacuation order has been issued for Zone 8, the Jim Bridger Estates. No one should be within the evacuation zone.

Evacuation levels in Zones 1 and 2 will be reduced to the “SET” level Friday. The Sheriff’s Office will post that order when it is effective. The evacuation leveel in Zone 3 was reduced to the “SET” level Thursday.

In Hoback Ranches, recovery efforts continue for an organized re-entry of residents into the area. Lower Valley Energy and Rocky Mountain Power are working to restore destroyed infrastructure, while firefighters continue to clear dangerous snags and put out hot spots of fire as they occur.

Power is expected to be restored to Kendall Valley/Upper Green by noon Friday.

Donations & Assistance:
Anyone in need of assistance or wishing to make donations to fire victims can donate to Roosevelt Fire Aid at rooseveltfireaid@gmail.com.

The Bondurant Community Club, Red Cross, Lions Club,Sublette Chamber of Commerce, and Wyoming VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) have formed to provide assistance. Fire managers advise residents to be very wary of scam artists begging for donations.

Fire management plans:
A Red Flag warning was posted Friday, as fire managers reinforce containment lines. Firefighters are focusing on the southwest side of the fire in the North Dry Beaver Creek area. Fire activity increased in that area Thursday in front of strong west winds. Burnout operations are being conducted in an effort to hold the fire west of the Jim Bridger Estates.

In the Rim area, along Highway 189/191, firefighters have been successful in holding the fire south of the highway. The threat has been reduced in Kilgore Creek/Upper Hoback on the north side of the fire.

Interior areas of the fire continue to burn and are producing smoke during the afternoon and evening.

Fire details:
As of Friday morning, there was 1,155 personnel assigned to the fire. It was estimated at 54,071 acres and 35 percent containment. 30 crews, six Type 1 helicopters, two Type 2 helicopters, 3 Type 3 helicopters, 72 engines, six dozers and 13 water tenders are assigned.

Over 300 cattle will be trailing in the Horse Creek area Friday through Sunday. Traffic may be impacted in the Hoback Junction area.

News Team

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