Roosevelt Fire should be good for wildlife
by Wyoming Game & Fish
December 21, 2018
PINEDALE, WYOMING - Clearly, the Roosevelt Fire that started on September 15, 2018, near Bondurant, was a devastating fire for many with 55 structures being lost. But as Wyoming's state wildlife agency, we are interested in learning more about the potential impacts, positive or negative, to wildlife.
Within the 61,500 acre burn perimeter, the severity in which it burned was quite variable, with some areas burning quite hot and other areas not burning at all. The fire burned in a mosaic nature throughout, which is generally a good thing for wildlife.
A mosaic pattern means there will be a diversity of vegetation age classes as it recovers which is desirable for wildlife. Aspen, sprouting shrubs, wildflowers and grass rapidly reestablish in burned areas to create great forage for many wildlife species.
Wyoming Game and Fish Pinedale Region Habitat Biologist Jill Randall and Pinedale Wildlife Supervisor John Lund visited the burn in late October and evaluated habitat conditions. In fact, some areas with wetter soils were already showing green vegetation coming back within a couple weeks of being burned.