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California's private forests are not open to the public due to the risk of wildfires

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California's private forestswill not be open to the public this week due to the risk of extreme droughts and wildfires, owners have announced.

Sierra Pacific Industries said the closure will take effect on 1 July and will remain in effect until further notice.

Huge sawmills own more than 2.3 million acres (930,000 hectares) of forest in California, Oregon, and Washington.

Companies usually allow public access to areas for recreational purposes in areas that are not actively logged.

A fire destroyed a mansion in southern California and ordered evacuation

Swaths of private California forestland is closing to the public on July 1st.

California's private forest swath will not be open to the public on July 1st. (Fox News)

"California is experiencing the driest state of 1200, despite some of the late spring rains." Said spokesman Andrea Howell: Friday press release.

Sierra Pacific said it would assess the situation on a regular basis, but expects the closure to remain in effect until the fall.

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The company last yearClosed California Forest. From late June to early October.