Thank you for the well-written article in the October 2 Yukon News regarding the cabin burning at Gusty Lake. There are a few bits of information that need to be brought up.
The cabin did not belong to me. It was there in 1983 when I became an outfitter. George Millar owns the trapline, but the cabin was there when he got the line. It may be well over 50 years old and thus falls under the heritage branch of the government.
We used the cabin probably three times over 25 years with George Millar’s permission. If I had been shown a picture of the cabin I would probably have flown in and repaired the roof. My brother had last been there in 2005 and the cabin was warm and dry.
We had a 10-gallon drum of aviation gas at the site. The other drums probably contained JetB, which is helicopter fuel and we can’t use helicopters in the outfitting (hunting) industry.
It is unfortunate that the cabin wasn’t posted, as my brother would have seen it in August and all this could have been avoided, although I would be upset with the government for spending $2,000 to fly in to post it.
It is also obvious to anybody who lives in Watson Lake that no effort was made to find the owner. It would take two, or possibly three, phone calls: the trapper, the outfitter, the Kaska Council Ã and they would have it.