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Snow strands hunters

High winds and drifting snow stranded several hunters yesterday (Nov. 3) on the 1600 Road southeast of Little Bald Mountain.

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office received the report about 1:25 p.m. Volunteers from the sheriff's Search and Rescue, responding with 4x4 vehicles, were able to drive within 200 yards of the hunters, but the drifting snow prevented them from proceeding by vehicle.

Two of the hunters walked out and made contact with the volunteers. The remaining hunters elected o stay with their vehicles while the other two made arrangements for a private plow to come in and clear the roadway.

The two who walked out were taken to their vehicle, which had been parked at a lower elevation. They are from Republic. The others are believed to be from out of the area, too. The sheriff's office released no names or ages.

The hunters were well equipped with tents and plenty of dry clothing and food, according to John Durand of the YSO.

"They were in no immediate danger," Durand reported. "Conditions in the area at the time that volunteers arrived were light snow, winds of approximately 30 mile per hour with snow accumulations of one to two feet with about a three-foot drift running parallel on the roadway.

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