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Roosevelt fire

A firefighter works on a back-burn aimed at controlling the Roosevelt fire in western Wyoming on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018.

JACKSON, Wyo. — Rain and cooler weather have allowed officials to lift the closure around a wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes in western Wyoming.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the closure around the Roosevelt Fire was lifted Friday, and Bridger-Teton National Forest lands have reopened to the public.

Forest Service officials say people who enter the area should be aware of the hazards involved with traversing a recently burned area.

The fire was reported Sept. 15 by hunters in the Roosevelt Meadows area and spread rapidly across more than 96 square miles. It destroyed 55 homes in the Hoback Ranches subdivision.

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Investigators say an abandoned warming fire on a steep slope started the blaze, which is fully contained.

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