By Associated Press - Saturday, July 4, 2015

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Nine private timber companies have closed off access to their land in the Columbia Gorge due to extreme fire danger.

The Columbian newspaper reports (https://is.gd/B4h8JW ) the land totals 300,000 acres in Skamania, Klickitat, Hood River and Wasco counties.

The companies say they will keep the land closed until significant moisture reduces fire hazards.

The nine companies are American Forest Management, Broughton Lumber Co., Hancock Forest Management, Kreps Ranch LLC, Stevenson Land Co., Western Pacific Timberlands, Weyerhaeuser Columbia Timberlands, Kreps Ranch and PK Kreps Family LLC.

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Information from: The Columbian, https://www.columbian.com

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