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Kootenai sheriff seeks tips on Skitwish warming hut fire

Remains of the Skitwish snowmobile warming hut reportedly after November 2016 fire. (Facebook)
Remains of the Skitwish snowmobile warming hut reportedly after November 2016 fire. (Facebook)

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: 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.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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