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Avalanche warning issued in Island Park

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Avalanche in Island Park Feb. 6 | Courtesy Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center

ISLAND PARK – Officials are urging you to steer clear of certain trails in Island Park.

Liz Davey, an Island Park District Ranger on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, says the Twin Creek snowmobile trail was closed around 10:15 Saturday morning due to avalanche danger.

Black Canyon Trail and the surrounding areas in the Centennial Mountains are also extremely hazardous.

“Please stay off these trails,” Keith Richley, Emergency Management Coordinator for Fremont County, tells EastIdahoNews.com. “Not only do you risk your life, (but you also) risk the lives of our emergency responders by going into areas at risk of avalanches.

The area has received several feet of new snow over the last week, which triggered an avalanche in the area on Feb. 6. Officials with Island Park says two to three inches of new snow fell across the area overnight and lingering snow showers could drop an inch or two by Sunday morning.

Dangerous avalanche conditions exist and the avalanche danger is rated CONSIDERABLE on all slopes by the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.

For more information, visit the Gallatin Montana Avalanche Center website.

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