Weyerhaueser Closes OR, WA Forest Lands

With record-breaking heat hitting Oregon and Washington and no rain in sight, Weyerhaueser has closed their tree farms on the west sides of both states indefinitely due to high fire danger.

That effectively puts an end to deer and elk scouting and other recreational access on their Vail, Aberdeen, Raymond and St. Helens tree farms in Washington and North Coast, North Willamette Valley, South Willamette Valley, Springfield, and Coos Bay operating areas in Oregon.

Around the Northwest, there are six fires burning in Oregon, the largest a 3,400-acre blaze near the John Day Fossil Beds. In Washington, the Union Valley fire is burning north of the town of Chelan, and there are smaller fires in the Wenatchee National Forest on the east side of the Cascades all the way from the Canadian border to Naches.

The New York Times reports that Forest Service analysts expect an average forest fire season this year, but that “higher-than-normal fire levels are expected in … the Pacific Northwest.”

“More specifically, the researchers said “very large amounts of fire” are projected for Northern California and small parts of southwest Oregon, coastal areas north of Los Angeles, large portions of the Sierra Nevada, and a huge area of northwestern Texas and eastern New Mexico. Significant amounts of fire that are considered “above normal” are predicted for most of Texas and the Southwest, many parts of Oregon and eastern Washington, and northern Montana.

Longview Fibre has also closed their 600,000 acres in both states, the Seattle Times reports.

For updates on when Weyerhaeuser might reopen their lands, call (888) 741-5403 in Oregon and (866) 636-6531 in Washington.

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