SPI Will Close Large Swaths Of Forestlands To The Public To Prevent Fires

ANDERSON, Calif. (AP) – Swaths of private California forestlands will be closed to the public due to extreme drought and risk of wildfires. Sierra Pacific Industries says the closure will take effect July 1 and will remain in effect until further notice. The huge lumber manufacturer owns more than 2.3 million acres of forests in California, Oregon and Washington. The company normally allows the public access to its lands for recreational purposes in areas that are not being actively logged. Sierra Pacific says it will regularly evaluate the situation but anticipates the closure will remain in effect until fall.  The company closed its California forestlands last year from late June until early October.