- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

VERLOT, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service says it hopes to install a land-line telephone closer to the Big Four Ice Caves in order to cut emergency response times.

The Daily Herald of Everett reports (https://bit.ly/1fyYRLE ) that right now cellphones are mostly useless up in Big Four Mountain and it is a 1.1-mile run to the parking lot and then a 14.5 mile drive to the Forest Service ranger station.

The Forest Service hopes to shorten the driving distance by installing a phone to make 911 calls from Camp Silverton.

The trail to the hiking destination closed after July 6 when rock and ice fell, killing 34-year-old Annalisa Santana and injuring five others.

Thousands of people take the 1-mile hike to view the snow and ice formation about 70 miles northeast of Seattle.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, https://www.heraldnet.com

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