WINTERSPORTS -- A popular snowmobile warming hut in the Coeur d'Alene River area has burned down for the second time in four years and the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help with the case.
The Skitwish Warming Hut burned down sometime between Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 12:30 p.m., the Sheriff's Office said in a report this evening.
The hut is situated off Forest Service Road 202 near Marie Saddle. That's south of Honeysuckle Campground below Skitwish Peak.
"During this time frame a red or maroon 1990’s Ford Ranger, or similar type pickup, was seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed occupied by two people," the Sheriff's report said. "The vehicle was also observed driving around a secured gate in the Wolf Lodge area."
Contact Sgt. Will Klinkefus to offer any information on this event, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (208) 446-1300.
Coeur d'Alene Snowmobile Club volunteers already had stocked the hut with firewood for the season.
The Skitwish shelter also burned in suspicious circumstances in December 2012. It was rebuilt with the help of volunteers and a grant through the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.