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Know risks, prepare to stay inside during interlodge closing to avoid avalanche danger

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Posted at 12:05 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 19:13:58-05

SALT LAKE CITY — An "interlodge closing" may sound like a foreign term, but understanding what it means is crucial to being prepared during an avalanche hazard.

The Town of Alta has issued an ordinance until further notice, with updates available on its website or by calling 801-742-3403.

Snowbird also posted information on what to expect during an interlodge order and how to prepare for it.

During avalanche threats and to lessen the hazard to those living in the designated area, an interlodge closing requires all people and businesses to remain inside buildings and stay away from windows, decks, and other areas that may be impacted by an avalanche until the closure order is lifted.

This means no trips to the grocery store or any other outing for essential services, so preparedness during the closure is key, as it may last several days before it's lifted.

Last week's avalanche that tragically took the lives of four Utahns underscores the need to stay safe and avoid hazards when such a designation is given.