Snow King, Cache trails to reopen as fire fizzles

Flames consume a tree as firefighters set a back burn to contain the Little Horsethief Fire on Sept. 12. (Photo by Mike Johnston/USFS)

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.


Posted under Environment, Ski Resorts, Sports

1 Comment so far

  1. Buck September 23, 2012 12:44 pm

    Went up to Hagen&ferrins after the 4pm opening on Friday. Good to be able to hit those trails again.

    Obvious from recent piles of horse poop and the usual trail pulverizing that the snow king horse concession had been out on their usual Hagen loop traversing past the lower part of Ferrin’s *during* the time that those trails were closed to the rest of us. wtf?

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