Roosevelt now the No. 1 wildfire concern in the nation

SUBLETTE COUNTY, WYO – The arrival of a yesterday’s cold front and associated winds made for miserable conditions on the Roosevelt Fire.

Tony DeMasters and his Type 1 team officially assumed command of the monster fire today at 6am. He’s got a fight on his hands. Roosevelt is estimated at 48,348 acres with 22% containment. There are 800 personnel assigned to the fire

It’s coming…again. The Bondurant community braces for the second wildlife in three years to threaten their town. (Nicole Uhl Facebook)

As the blaze whipped up yesterday, all firefighters on the ground were pulled out for their safety. The fire tore aggressively through Hoback Ranches, burning several homes in there. The extent of damage has yet to be assessed and homeowners are being notified as to the condition of their properties as soon as preliminary damage assessment teams can get in there, hopefully today.

Concerned homeowners can find out more at tonight’s meeting for Hoback Ranches only. The meeting will take place at the Bondurant Elementary School at 6pm.

In one sickening account, a family in the subdivision shared on social media how they watched a webcam send video of the fire approaching over the ridge. In the series of still shots, the fire makes it way slowly to the front yard and porch. In the last shot, smoke fills the screen before the feed goes dead.

Aerial firefighting assets where used throughout the afternoon and evening with a total of 22 aircraft involved in the operation including Very Large Air Tankers (VLATs). Once firefighters were able to return to the active fire area, they conducted point protection on homes in the Hoback Ridge area in order to save homes.

The fire made a push toward State Highway 189/191 and burned within ¼ mile of the highway near mile marker 134, prompting the temporary closure of the highway. It has not crossed the highway at this time, but it may in the near future. The highway is currently open.

Wyoming Highway Patrol is assisting with evacuations and road closures.

Fire activity in Upper Hoback and Rolling Thunder areas remained low to moderate, with no structures lost. The fire has not reached the Jim Bridger Estates area. Strategic objectives of this fire are to minimize loss of structures and infrastructure, keep the fire south and west of State Highway 189/191 and north of the Jim Bridger Estates, and to provide firefighting resources to aid local districts with initial attack.

With yet another Red Flag Warning in effect for dry fuels and windy conditions from noon to 8pm today, firefighting operations will remain focus on structure protection and point protection tactics. The Roosevelt Fire is being attacked as a 100% full suppression fire that is the #1 effort within the geographic area, and within the nation. Firefighting resources have been made readily available to the effort.

Roosevelt Fire map

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