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Snowbound Sand Hill

Winter access of WY 72 impacted due to RR 316 Fire


Mike Armstrong

The snow was piled over eight feet along WY 72 on the stretch of road by Sand Hill.

The route used by Hanna and Elk Mountain residents to travel between the two towns has always had some challenges to travel in the winter time. Parts of the 11 mile stretch can drift up but, until this year, nothing has compared to the drifts that have accumulated on the area known as Sand Hill.

This incline is about two miles from the Hanna Junction of US 30 and WY 72.

The reason for drifts can be attributed to the lack of plant life that had always been present until the RR 316 Fire the first weekend of September 2020. The fire came within yards of structures in the town of Hanna and burn...

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