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Roosevelt Fire

A Chinook helicopter drops fire retardant near the line of the Roosevelt Fire on Tuesday about 30 miles south of Jackson. The fire has now destroyed 55 homes.

Officials raised the number of homes lost in the Roosevelt Fire to 55 on Thursday as crews continued working to contain the western Wyoming blaze.

The homes were all located in Hoback Ranches, a rural subdivision south of the tiny town of Bondurant. Crews have assessed 153 homes in the subdivision. Roughly a third have so far been destroyed in the fire.

Along with the homes, one “historic cattle structure” has also been lost in the blaze.

The fire, which was discovered Sept. 15 about 30 miles south of Jackson, has so far consumed nearly 52,000 acres. Authorities now say it is roughly 35 percent contained.

U.S. Highway 189/191 remained closed Thursday and power has been shut off to the Kendall Valley/Upper Green area. The power line was shut off to keep firefighters safe as they worked underneath. Officials expected power would be restored by Thursday evening.

Close to 1,100 firefighters are now working the blaze along with more than 10 helicopters and planes.

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The fire has prompted roughly 500 people to evacuate homes in rural subdivisions in the area.

High winds have hampered efforts to contain the fire and Thursday was no exception. The National Weather Service in Riverton is forecasting wind gusts in excess of 20 mph Friday along with temperatures near 70 degrees.

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