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Heavy snowfall creates avalanche danger in backcountry


HELENA (AP) - Heavy snow over most of the state has created dangerous avalanche conditions, forest officials are warning those who play in the backcountry.

Since Christmas, parts of the Gallatin Mountains received more than 7 feet of snow. And throughout western and central Montana, snow nearly as deep covered the backcountry.

''Any time you get 5 feet of snow, like we've got in the Copper Creek bowls right now, you have a chance for an avalanche,'' Jerry Meyer, with the Helena National Forest, said of areas near Lincoln. ''Take personal responsibility out in the snow and terrain.''


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