Roosevelt Fire Update – Oct. 3
October 3, 2018
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 as of 8:00 a.m.
Date of Detection: September 15, 2018
Current Size: 61,511 acres
Location: Bondurant, Wyoming
Structures Lost: 55 confirmed
Resources on Fire: There are currently 299 personnel on this incident.
TYPE 1 HELICOPTERS: 1
TYPE 2 HELICOPTERS: 0
TYPE 3 HELICOPTERS: 1
WATER TENDERS: 0
Evacuation Zones changing this morning at 10am. All zones on the map are cleared and all areas are back in the "READY" stage. The "READY" stage is the normal stage and for everyone to be prepared all the time, meaning everyone should have a plan to evacuate should the need arise and be prepared to do so.
With the rain that began yesterday morning, nature is assisting in gaining containment of the fire.
• Hundreds of firefighters and equipment have been released from the incident.
• Rain is expected over the fire area today and tomorrow, which will further reduce fire activity.
• As of 10:00 a.m. today, all Evacuation Zones will return to the READY level.
• The BLM will terminate its Fire Closure Order today.
• The Forest Service has reduced the size of the area closure – Cliff Creek Road is open, but the area to the south of the road is closed – the trail to Cliff Creek Pass and Horse Heaven Meadows is open, but the area to the east and southeast of the trail is closed. North Horse Creek Road is open for public travel, but the area north of the road is closed. Forest Service and BLM area closures are being evaluated daily. For the most up to date information, visit the Roosevelt Fire Inciweb page.
• The Roosevelt Fire is human caused by an abandoned warming fire left unattended at mid-slope.
• Stage 1 Fire Restrictions remain in effect, however with rain falling over much of the area, the danger of new fire starts is greatly diminished – the need for fire restrictions will be evaluated today.
With steady rain falling across the Roosevelt Fire, containment of the fire is receiving a great boost, and now sits at 85%. A large number of firefighting resources were released yesterday, leaving only the needed equipment and crews to attain 100% containment, and finish fire line suppression repair work.
Fire line suppression repair involves pulling back the berm from dozer constructed fire lines, removing handmade fire line and placing water drainage features in each to prevent natural resource damage from rain and snow. If not all fire line repairs are made before winter hits, the work will continue in the spring. All fire line constructed on the Roosevelt Fire has been recorded using GPS, making identifying and recovering the fire lines very efficient.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has begun operations to determine what special efforts may be needed to prevent further problems after the fire. Loss of vegetation from a fire exposes soil to erosion; runoff may increase and cause flooding, and sediment may move downstream and further damage values at risk. The BAER Team addresses these situations with the goal of preventing further damage.
A local Type 3 Incident Management Team will take command of the fire tomorrow, October 4 at 7:00 a.m., with operations based in Pinedale - the current Incident Command Post in Bondurant will close. This is the final fire update from Great Basin Team 2. It has been our pleasure to get to know you, and to serve you. We wish the best to everyone affected by this fire.
Information about the Roosevelt Fire will continue to be posted to Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6212/ and the Bridger-Teton
Facebook page will continue to be used to share information.
Roosevelt Fire Information: 844-692-5341 or 844-692-5334
Call Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.