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Avalanche Danger Rises As More Snow Falls

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The Flathead Avalanche Center has issued a Special Avalanche Bulletin for February 20 through 23, 2014 to advise backcountry travelers of the elevated avalanche danger through the weekend.

The Flathead Avalanche Center advisory area has been under an Avalanche Warning since Sunday with the Hazard Rating at HIGH, meaning natural and human triggered avalanches are likely.

FAC will be issuing regularly scheduled advisories on Saturday and Sunday and will issue a special advisory on Friday and continue the avalanche warning if the conditions warrant.

Flathead National Forest Supervisor Chip Weber says, "The Flathead Avalanche Center and its partners are working hard to stay on top of the current, elevated avalanche hazard. Please utilize the information they put out when planning your outings. Public safety is our top priority for the forest, its partners and all users. We encourage backcountry users to use caution this weekend."

FAC and its partners are urging backcountry users to make very conservative decisions this weekend while choosing terrain and making decisions. This will be a good weekend to stay out of avalanche terrain or choose only low angle slopes with low exposure and consequences.

Because of the current avalanche hazard, some groups have canceled planned outings. The Summit Snowgoers Club canceled their outing scheduled for Saturday at the Skyland area and the Flathead Snowmobile Association is going to delay grooming the Canyon Creek Trail until conditions moderate.

Please visit www.flatheadavalanche.org for up to date information on conditions, call the Advisory Hotline at 406-257-8402 or call the FAC Office at 406-261-9873.

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