On Monday, April 8 an overnight avalanche and subsequent disturbance along Stibnite Road (Forest Highway 48 – FS Road #50412) between the Village of Yellow Pine and the historical Stibnite mining district caused extensive damage and forced the closure of the road. The main slide, which is estimated at 100 feet high, pushed snow, timber, and debris across the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, and Stibnite Road. Over a half-mile stretch of road is impassable. For scale, check out this photo and see if you can see our crew in green and orange! 🧐
Some sections have been washed away near Tamarack Creek, while other sections of the road are piled high with debris. At the time of the slide, Midas Gold had two team members on site at Stibnite and additional staff in Yellow Pine. Since then, our team established a safe path to traverse around the slide on foot and maintain access to the site. We are working closely with state and federal officials to assess the situation, stabilize the area and determine the appropriate steps to take to repair the river and road once conditions are safe. Valley County, which has maintenance jurisdiction over the road, issued a local emergency declaration and will lead the work once final approval is received from coordinating agencies. We anticipate the first phase of work to stabilize the area will begin soon.
Please be aware of road conditions throughout the region and travel safely!