News May 15, 2019

USFS Still Searching For Clues In Bondurant Blaze

by Jackson Hole Radio News

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking the public’s help in identifying a person of interest turned up in their investigation of last September’s Roosevelt Fire near Bondurant. Fire investigators with U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations on the Bridger-Teton National Forest are continuing their efforts to locate the person, or persons responsible for the ignition of the Roosevelt Fire which led to the loss of numerous private homes and structures in the Bondurant area, as well as serious injuries to National Forest visitors.

Interviews conducted during the course of the investigation have now led to a description of a person of interest in the case. Investigators are seeking to identify an individual observed on the afternoon of Friday, September 14, below the point of origin.

He is described as a white adult male, between the ages of 40 and 50 years old with brown hair and a short, scruffy beard. The individual is believed to be between 5’10” and 6′ 0″ tall, weighing approximately 185-200 pounds. He was seen carrying both a hunting rifle and compound bow on his pack that day. He was reported to be glassing the north rim of the canyon for an extended period of time.

It’s believed this person may have information as to how the fire began. Forrest officials ask that anyone with information as to the cause of the incident, or the identity of the individual observed in the
area, is urged to contact U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement at 208-557-5852.