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Roosevelt Fire

A chinook carrying water flies over the Roosevelt Fire about 30 miles south of Jackson on Sept. 25. The Forest Service is seeking the public's help in its investigation into the cause of the blaze.

AFTON (WNE) — Fire investigator officers and agents with U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations on the Bridger-Teton National Forest have spent months continuing the investigation into the ignition of the Roosevelt Fire. Now the Forest Service is looking for help from the public.

The Roosevelt Fire began mid-September 2018 during a period of heavy recreation use. The incident led to the loss of numerous private homes and structures in the Bondurant area, as well as serious injuries to National Forest visitors.

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Investigators have determined the Roosevelt fire to be human caused, originating from an abandoned warming fire in the upper reaches of the Hoback River drainage. The fire ignited approximately three miles west of the Upper Hoback Trailhead, from a small topographic bench, on a steep timbered slope, approximately 110 yards above the trail, on the south side of the canyon. It’s believed the involved person or persons may have used this location as an observation or resting point while passing through the area. 

Anyone with information as to the cause of the incident, or persons responsible, is urged to contact U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement at 208-557-5852.

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