By Jim Stanford on September 21, 2012
With the Little Horsethief Fire more than 90 percent contained, the Bridger-Teton National Forest has lifted the closure for Snow King and Cache Creek trails.
The Putt-Putt, Ferrin’s and Hagen trails will open up Cache Creek, and hikers and bikers may reach the Snow King summit via the main resort trail or Josie’s Ridge. Crystal Butte and Nowlin Peak also will reopen. The Elk Refuge Road has reopened to all traffic.
The cost of suppressing the fire has reached $7.9 million. Nearly two weeks after the fire began, allegedly in a backyard at the mouth of Wilson Canyon, investigators have not identified the cause.
The number of firefighters working the blaze has dropped to 262 from a high of 650. Crews have begun rehabilitating areas impacted by the fire and suppression efforts. Much of the lingering smoke is coming from Idaho and the Buffalo Fire.
Game Creek (including West Game) and Leeks and Wilson canyons will remain closed. Entering a closed area is a violation of federal law, punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and six months in prison.