Timberlands closing because of fire hazard
Several timberland companies and organizations have closed their forest lands because of extreme fire danger.
Hancock Forest Management, Stevenson Land Company, Broughton Lumber Company, Kreps Ranch, LLC, Kreps Family, LLC, Longview Timberlands LLC, International Forestry Consultants, Inc, and Western Pacific Timber, LLC, have all announces the closure of their property and roads to all public entry in Klickitat, Yakima, and Skamania counties effective immediately. The action was taken in response to the extremely dry conditions and high fire danger. Washington Department of Natural Resources has raised Industrial Fire Precaution Level to IFPL 3.
Stevenson Land Company and Longview Timberlands are also closing their lands in Hood River and Wasco Counties in Oregon.
According to Frank Backus, Chief Forester for Stevenson Land Company, “Logging is already limited due to the dry conditions, and there is no relief in sight. Reluctantly we have decided to close the properties to the public to minimize the threat of a forest fire.”
These properties will remain closed to all public entry until the fire danger is reduced to IFPL 1. Entry points to the various properties will be posted and security patrols have been assigned to enforce the closure.