FLAGSTAFF - The Coconino County Sheriff's Office along with searchers from state Game and Fish and the Department of Public Safety are fanning out Thursday in an attempt to reach about 25 to 30 hunters stranded in below freezing temperatures in northern Arizona.
Authorities said the hunters got caught in Monday's storm that dropped 2 to 3 feet of snow on northern Arizona.
Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jim Driscol said searchers are checking known camps where the elk hunters may be based.
Driscol said that when they made contact with some of the hunters by cell phone, they asked whether anyone was injured and what supplies they may have.
No injuries are reported, however Driscol said the priority is to retrieve hunters who may be low on food and heating fuel and get to them before the next storm system hits, possibly this weekend.