Wildfire has claimed a Hells Canyon landmark,
This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that a fire, started by lightning, has burned 19,000 acres through dry grass and timber in the northern end of the canyon and has destroyed the Coon Hollow cabin, a popular stop for boaters.
The Cache Creek Fire leveled the makeshift museum, which was once owned by a prospector and was later part of the Cache Creek Ranch. The ranch, along with the cabin, was sold the U.S. Forest Service in 1991.
The Cache Creek Fire is burning along the Snake River from the Wild Goose Rapids in Washington south to Coon Hollow and through the Chief Joseph Wildlife Area toward Rogersburg.