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Dangerous avalanche conditions prompt closure of American Fork, Provo Canyons

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UTAH COUNTY (ABC4 News) – Two separate avalanches forced the closure of Provo and American Fork Canyons Friday.

Due to the inclement weather and continued risk of slides the decision was made to close SR-189 and SR-92 in both directions while avalanche control work is completed and the current slide removed.

The slide in Provo Canyon occurred about 3 miles southeast of Provo (milepost 12) and blocked westbound lanes with a “wall of snow.”  Troopers said no vehicles were caught and no injuries were reported. Utah Department of Transportation worked to clear the road covered by the slide that was 30 feet wide. 

The slide in American Fork Canyon (milepost 13) impacted eastbound lanes. Again, officials said no one was injured.

Provo Canyon was eventually reopened around 9 p.m. 

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