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Three avalanches confirmed near Warm Springs Road in Ketchum

Only one avalanche has caused destruction. Crews will not clear debris from the area until the ongoing avalanche passes.
Credit: Sawtooth Avalanche Center

KETCHUM, Idaho — A number of avalanches have been triggered in Blaine County. KTVB has confirmed at least three have occurred on or near Warm Springs Road in Ketchum.

The first avalanche was reported on at 4 p.m. on Thursday "where the pavement ends" on Warm Springs Road. No injuries or structural damages have been reported at this time. 

A second, more destructive avalanche was reported on Warm Springs Road near West Fork on Friday morning. Substantial debris is covering the roads and authorities are asking drivers to avoid that area. The area is closed to non-residents and danger is expected to remain high for several days.

Blaine County Road and Bridge will not clear the debris from the area until the ongoing avalanche passes and it is safe for crews. 

The third avalanche was reported around noon on Friday near the Warm Springs area on Eagle Wings Drive. Officials said this avalanche was remotely triggered by skiers in out of bounds terrain adjacent to the Challenger Lift at Bald Mountain. 

Debris buried two vehicles but no injuries were reported. The area should be avoided until further notice.

One skier was hospitalized Friday at Sun Valley Resort. The Sawtooth Avalanche Center said the incident occurred on Bald Mountain, which is currently closed due to snow safety concerns, but the injury does not appear to be avalanche related.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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