February 27, 2012
Update: Mount Si, Little Si trailheads and trails remain closed
Removal of plane wreckage hampered by snow
OLYMPIA – The Mount Si and Little Si trailheads and trails remain closed so that crews can safely remove the wreckage of an airplane that crashed in the Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) on February 15, according to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Efforts to remove the plane last weekend were postponed due to winter weather and snow. The plane is at 2,000 feet, and the snow level has been as low as 1,000 feet. Current weather predictions indicate that snow is likely to interfere with removal efforts into the coming weekend.
Removal plans involve the use of a helicopter and ground crews, including search and rescue teams. During the removal operation, the helicopter flight path will cross over some of the trails.
Mount Si NRCA, located in eastern King County near the town of North Bend, is a popular recreation area along the I-90 corridor.
As conditions change, DNR will provide updates on the status of the Mount Si area through its social media tools:
Links to these social media tools can also be found at www.dnr.wa.gov
Media Contact: Toni Droscher, Recreation Program Communications Manager, 360-902-1523, firstname.lastname@example.org
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