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Commissioners order temporary closure of Coos County Forest to public

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COQUILLE, Ore. -- Effective immediately, the Coos County Forest is closed to entry, except for pre-authorized essential personnel, the Coos County Board of Commissioners announced.

Tuesday, the commissioners declared an emergency in Coos County due to extreme fire conditions, and ordered the temporary closure of all Coos County Forest to the public and all non-essential personnel.

"As you have likely seen, there are currently ongoing large wildfires across the state," the board said in a news release. "The same extreme fire conditions that led to the fires throughout Oregon also exist in Coos County, and the chance for catastrophic wildfire is great. Thank you for your cooperation in this urgent matter. We look forward to re-opening the County Forest as soon as it is safe to do so."

Commissioners ask if you see anyone entering Coos County Forest to contact the Coos County Department of Forestry at (541) 396-7751 or the Coos Forest Protective Association at (541) 267-3161.

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