Citing “extreme wildfire danger” SPI and Beaty close all public timberlands access
SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. — Citing “extreme wildfire conditions and risk to lives and property,” Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) announced Thursday, Sept. 3 that it would be closing its California forestlands to public access.
W.M. Beaty & Associates Inc., which manages approximately 288,000 acres of forest land throughout northeastern California, followed suit the next day; with Beaty President and General Manager Jeff Pudlicki announcing, “We are going to join Sierra Pacific in temporarily closing public access to our managed timberlands due to the current fire situation.”
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“SPI takes its commitment to protecting our forest resources and public safety seriously,” Andrea Howell, SPI spokeswoman said of the closure, which was implemented yesterday, Friday, Sept. 4, at 5 p.m. and will remain in effect until further notice.
“With weather conditions continuing to bring significant wildfire risk, along with fire-fighting resources already fully deployed across the state for other wildfires, we made the difficult decision to close our lands to public access and recreation,” explained Howell.
Public roads on SPI’s forestlands will remain open, but walk-in access to their privately-owned lands will not be allowed.
To learn more about SPI’s recreation access policies and current closure restrictions, visit http://spi-ind.com/OurForests/RecreationAccess.
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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.
Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.