On September 18, the fast-moving Roosevelt Fire was raging across Wyoming, consuming everything in its path.
The wildfire had ignited three days earlier in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, near Jackson, and was now headed toward the town of Bondurant.
About 500 residents of the Hoback Ranches subdivision, south of Bondurant, were ordered to evacuate. More than 1,000 firefighters were assigned to the blaze, as well as 56 fire engines and 10 aircraft. By the time the fire was contained, 55 of the 150 homes in Hoback Ranches had been destroyed by the blaze.
Resident Tina Delaney said the flames “tore through our neighborhood.” She called the wildfire “one of the worst disasters in Wyoming history.”
Fortunately, her home was not among the casualties. Delaney had recently installed the “Frontline Wildfire Defense” system. The system was activated on site to send Class A firefighting foam to sprinklers around her home. The foam covered her house and property. The Frontline Wildfire Defense system can also be activated remotely from a smart phone, tablet, or a desktop computer.
As a result, Delaney’s home was spared, despite the fact that many burning embers were found near the residence. “This system absolutely provides a sense of security,” she said.
Frontline Wildfire Defense founder Harry Statter couldn’t be more pleased.
“I’m proud of our ability to save homes and lives from wildfire,” Statter said. “We’re all very aware of the limitations to firefighting during a wildfire event, and Frontline Wildfire Defense protects homes without the need for firefighters to be at the home. By doing so, we protect firefighters and homes alike.”
“We’re all very aware of the limitations to firefighting during a wildfire event, and Frontline Wildfire Defense protects homes without the need for firefighters to be at the home. By doing so, we protect firefighters and homes alike.” — Harry Statter, Founder, Frontline Wildfire Defense
The Roosevelt Fire scorched more than 61,000 acres before it was completely contained on October 5. Fire investigators later determined the cause of the blaze to be an abandoned “warming fire” left unattended.