Eight caught in Mammoth Mountain avalanche are safe

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MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif. (KOLO)-- Eight people were caught Saturday in an avalanche at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area but were able to free themselves and were not injured, the ski resort reported.

Mammoth Mountain was closed the rest of the day but reopened Sunday.

The ski resort said no one was reported missing.

“The first searches with transceivers, avalanche dogs and a RECCO search have not produced any results,” Mammoth said on Twitter. “The third stage of the avalanche protocol involving a manual probe search is underway.”

If someone does believe a person is missing at Mammoth, they are asked to call 760-934-0611.

At about 10:15 a.m., March 3, 2018, the Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol was doing avalanche hazard mitigation when an on the upper part of the mountain in an area closed to skiing went toward the High Five Express area, the resort said. Avalanche debris went to the bottom of the lift and ultimately into a public area.

Six of the eight people partially buried are resort employees, according to Mammoth's Facebook page.