Longview Timberlands LLC property in Washington and Oregon were closed to all public-recreational entry starting Tuesday, July 28, because of the high forest-fire danger in both states.
Blake Rowe, president, said, "We are forced to close our forestlands in Oregon and Washington to public access until substantial rains reduce the wildfire threat. Conditions are extremely dry in the Pacific Northwest and long-range forecasts indicate the hot spell will continue for some time. The public's cooperation in staying out of the tree farms during this hazardous forest-fire period will be much appreciated."
Rowe said Longview foresters will be closing gates and posting closure notices at timberlands entry points this week. Company woods security patrols will be increased for the duration of the fire season.
The closure affects approximately 332,000 acres in Oregon and 321,000 acres in Washington.