Cell phone workers trapped safely on Steens Mtn.

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Four cellphone tower workers are stranded on Steens Mountain after their snow vehicle was stuck driving back from a repair job Saturday.

Attempts to rescue them on Monday failed because of whiteout conditions. The workers are safe in a concrete block building with food, water and heat.

Harney County search and rescue coordinator Matt Fine says the weather is expected to improve Tuesday. Harney County Sheriff Dave Glerup says their lives aren’t in danger.

He says the four tried to leave the mountain in poor visibility and got off the road and got stuck, spent the night in their snow vehicle and got back to the concrete structure the next day.