Small avalanche blocks Bingham Road

A small avalanche measuring about 150 feet long and 6 to 7 feet high fell over Bingham Road early Tuesday morning at milepost 24, above the Umatilla Indian Reservation boundary.

Umatilla County road crews arrived just after 8 a.m. to clear the snow, said Tom Fellows, public works director. No one was hurt, and no vehicles were involved. Fellows said the road should now be open.

“We just sent a road grader with a V-plow,” Fellows said. “It wasn’t a huge thing.”

As the weather begins to warm across Eastern Oregon, avalanche conditions could become worse at lower elevations.

“When this stuff starts to gain weight, that’s when it stars to slide,” Fellows said.

Fellows said he doesn’t anticipate a huge problem, but advised residents to take extra caution when out and about in the area.

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