Sierra Pacific Industries announced on Thursday that all of the forestlands it owns in California will be closed to public access and recreation due to extreme wildfire danger.
The Anderson-based timber industry giant said that the closure will go into effect at 5 p.m. Friday and remain in place until further notice due to the risk that the conditions pose to lives and property.
“SPI takes its commitment to protecting our forest resources and public safety seriously,” said Andrea Howell, spokeswoman for the company.
Howell added the company “made the difficult decision” to close the lands due to the weather conditions that bring significant wildfire and firefighting resources already being deployed across the state for other wildfires.
This is the third year in a row that the company has closed its lands in the state due to wildfire danger, with the closures in 2018 and 2019 happening earlier in August.
Public roads on SPI’s forestlands will remain open, but walk-in access will not be allowed.
The Union Democrat reached out to Howell for comment Thursday afternoon on specifically what lands in Tuolumne and Calaveras would be blocked to public access and was awaiting a response.
SPI is a third-generation, family-owned company that owns and manages more than 2 million acres of timberland in California and Washington and recognized as one of the largest lumber producers in the country.
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