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Roosevelt Fire

A Chinook helicopter drops fire retardant near the line of the Roosevelt Fire about 30 miles south of Jackson in September 2018.

JACKSON, Wyo. — Investigators say they're looking for a white male between 40 and 50 years old who they believe started a devastating wildfire in Wyoming.

They say he's between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall and weighs 185 to 200 pounds.

The Roosevelt Fire destroyed 55 homes as it burned 96 square miles in western Wyoming last September and October. Authorities believe a man started the blaze by failing to extinguish a warming fire.

They say the suspect had brown hair and a short beard and carried a hunting rifle and compound bow on a backpack.

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The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports anyone with information that might help investigators may call the U.S. Forest Service at (208) 557-5852.

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