Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Because of the extreme forest fire danger, all of Longview Fibre Company's timberlands in Klickitat, Skamania and eastern Clark counties in Washington were closed Aug. 22 to all public recreational use.
This approximate 42,000 acre closure includes Longview Fibre timberlands in Klickitat County around White Salmon, Snowden, Husum and Glenwood Valley; in Skamania County near Stevenson and Washougal; and in eastern Clark County lands in the Battle Ground and Alderbrook areas.
Steve Hansen, manager of the Mid-Columbia Tree Farm, said, "We are forced to close our lands indefinitely to the public including hunters until substantial rains reduce the forest fire threat; weather forecasts indicate current fire conditions may become even more hazardous. Closure sings are posted, the gates will be closed, and patrols for more woods security will be stepped-up during the fire season."
Combined with the recent closing of Longview Fibre lands in Hood River and Wasco counties in Oregon, the company's entire Mid-Columbia Tree Farm located in the Columbia Gorge region is now closed to public access.
Hansen said, "A major concern is that fire fighting resources are stretched very thin due to numerous wildfires such as the big north-central Washington fire, a relatively new fire east of Enumclaw in the Carbon River area, the Mt. Hood Fires complex, and a series of other eastside Oregon fires. Should new fires breakout it would be difficult to marshal adequate response forces. The public's understanding of this hazardous situation and their cooperation in not entering the Mid-Columbia Tree Farm until the fire danger is over will be greatly appreciated."
Hancock Forest Management, Inc. (formerly The Campbell Group, LLC) announced the closure of timberlands in Klickitat and Yakima counties to public entry due to extreme fire danger.
The closure went into effect Aug. 23.
The closure will remain in effect until significant rainfall eliminates the forest fire threat.
All gates are locked and most entry points are posted.