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Fire danger prompts closure of Klamath County forest parcel to the public
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July 31, 2008                                                   Contact: Echo Murray, 541-433-2451            
 
The Walker Range Forest Protective Association today announced the closure of a 1,700-acre parcel of private forestland in northern KlamathCounty due to extreme wildfire danger. Effective Aug. 1, access to those lands located west of Highway 97 between Gilchrist and La Pine is restricted to landowners that own property within the closed area.
 
“We’re going into the hottest, driest part of the year, so we’re asking everyone to think fire safety,” said Walker Range’s Echo Murray. “We need folks to work together with us to prevent any ignitions.”
 
Should a wildfire occur on the parcel and escape control, it would pose a severe threat to five adjacent subdivisions.
 
Though the restriction is described as a “permit closure,” it is unlikely that the Association will issue access permits to anyone due to the fire risk. The closure will likely remain in effect through the end of the fire season.
 
On July 30, Walker Range imposed several fire safety restrictions that extend to the Association’s entire administrative area, which takes in northern Klamath and Lake counties. Smoking, off-road use of motorized vehicles, and campfires are banned. More information on these and other restrictions that are currently in place can be obtained from the Association office in Gilchrist, 541-433-2451.
 
Several hunting seasons are scheduled to get underway in the area during August. Hunters will not be allowed access to the closed parcel.
 
Murray said that violators of the permit closure can expect to be cited either by Association personnel or local law enforcement.
 
Map of Closure Area - 8 1/2" x 11" [PDF; 1 page; 3 MB]
 
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