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Florida state forest campgrounds set to close ahead of Hurricane Irma​

Closures begin on Friday, officials say

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(Florida State Parks)

As Hurricane Irma approaches, Florida officials have issued a closure notice Thursday of the 20 state campgrounds.

The closures begin on Friday, officials said.

“Today, we are implementing campground closures to help ensure the safety of our residents and visitors,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.

These campgrounds include:
John M. Bethea State Forest
Twin Rivers State Forest
Cary State Forest
Jennings State Forest
Ralph E. Simmons State Forest
Etoniah Creek State Forest
Goethe State Forest
Ross Prairie State Forest
Welaka State Forest
Lake George State Forest
Matanzas State Forest
Tiger Bay State Forest
Seminole State Forest
Withlacoochee State Forest
Charles H. Bronson State Forest
Little Big Econ State Forest
Lake Wales Ridge State Forest
Myakka State Forest
Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest
Picayune Strand State Forest

State forests remain open, but officials warn anyone going to a state forest to use extreme caution and not to visit it if it seems unsafe due to weather conditions.​