About 600 square miles of the Uinta National Forest were closed to the public Tuesday as frequent avalanches continued to hit the area where a snowshoer was lost on Saturday.
Forest officials said the closure was needed to keep others from getting caught in slides, and to help the search for Marshall Higgins, 33, of Salt Lake City, who is presumed dead. He was snowshoeing with a friend, Jeff Frederick, also of Salt Lake City, when they were caught in an avalanche on Mount Timpanogos near Emerald Lake.
Anyone who violates the closure could be fined up to $5,000 and face up to six months in jail.
Avalanche Dangers Close Large Area Of Uinta Forest
Jan 3, 2006 7:13 pm US/Mountain