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Fire destroys Marble Mountain Sno-Park shelter at Mount St. Helens

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on April 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm with No Comments »
April 11, 2011 3:35 pm
Photos from National Forest Service
Photos from National Forest Service

From Gifford Pinchot National Forest:

The warming shelter at Marble Mountain Sno-Park burned to the ground early Saturday morning. The log structure was about 20 years old. The shelter was popular with snow-machine enthusiasts and other winter recreationists exploring that area of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

Mount St. Helens Recreation Technician Randy Peterson said he arrived just in time to see the
flame-engulfed structure collapse around 7 a.m. He said the shelter is a total loss. The cause is
unknown and is now under investigation.

“Fortunately, no one was hurt,” Peterson said. “This was one of the nicest snow shelters in the
state. It is a big loss to the Forest and local communities.”

The facility was constructed through a partnership with the State of Washington, snowmobile
clubs, local businesses and the Forest Service.

Mount St. Helens personnel have cordoned off the remains of the shelter and it is still smoldering,
reported Peterson. Mable Mt. Sno-Park is open. Visitors are asked to stay back from the fire
location.

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