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Sierra Nevada lodge guests and workers rescued after being snowed in

Sierra Nevada lodge guests and workers rescued after being snowed in
This 2006 file photo shows the visitors center at Kings Canyon National Park. Scores of guests and workers were trapped inside a lodge in the park by recent heavy snow storms. (Christian Parley / AP)

More than 120 visitors and staff who became snowbound in a Sierra Nevada resort because of recent storms have been freed.

The U.S. Forest Service says snow trapped the guests and staff at a lodge at Montecito Lake in Kings Canyon National Park.

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It wasn’t immediately clear how long everyone had been stuck, but a Forest Service statement said crews traveled by snowmobile to the lodge Wednesday morning to ensure everyone was safe and then returned Thursday with supplies.

Heavy equipment and crews then cleared 8 miles of snow and more than 20 fallen trees on Generals Highway.

National Park Service personnel began escorting visitors down the mountain at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The first convoy included 25 vehicles and 92 guests.

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