FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2021
Effective immediately MERA is closed to all public use.
Union County Board of Commissioners have voted unanimously to Close (MERA) Mount Emily Recreation Area.
This decision is in response to extreme fire danger and a critical lack of firefighting resources.
The closure is for a minimum of one Week. The Board of Commissioners will evaluate conditions at a meeting on July 28, 2021.
Commissioners made this decision after seeking input from a number of Federal, State and Local fire and emergency officials.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
This morning, July 21st, 2021, the Union County commissioners voted unanimously to close the Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA) to all public use. The decision was made in response to the current extreme fire danger and a critical lack of firefighting resources. Due to its popularity, the decision to implement a closure was not taken lightly, and input was sought from a variety of federal, state, and local fire and emergency officials. The closure will be in effect for a minimum of one week, and will be reevaluated by the Board of Commissioners on July 28th, 2021. Union County understands the high value of recreation at MERA, and this step was taken to reduce the risk not only of a destructive fire event to such a valuable area, but also of fire entrapment of recreationalists if a fire were to occur. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation under these extreme fire danger conditions