A popular hiking destination is on the brink of being closed for a third year after an explosion at a campground in the southern U.S. state of Idaho.
The explosion at the Tule Lake campground, on a mountain range about 100 kilometres south of Boise, has prompted a temporary closure of the site.
Firefighters say the campground had a long history of arson and the fire is believed to have started in a stove.
“We are asking for the public’s assistance in locating any and all materials related to this fire,” the U.T.S., a nonprofit organization that supports the Tulalip-Tule Lake area, said in a statement.
“If you or anyone you know has information about this fire, please contact the Idaho State Fire Marshal or the U-T.
As of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming have been working closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the lead-up to this situation to ensure the safety of all impacted residents,” the statement added.
Tule, which is about an hour south of Yellowstone National Park, is about two hours west of Boise and about 60 kilometres from the Canadian border.
The area is famous for its remote hiking trails, and people can use them for up to four days.
A Facebook page for the campgrounds website lists the park as one of its favourite spots, saying it is home to the largest number of visitors to the park and that it is also a popular camping destination for tourists.
“Tule is known as a very popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and backpackers who love the scenery and its unique wildlife,” the Facebook page states.