Oregon county: Refuge occupiers can't meet at fairgrounds

Officials with the Oregon county where an armed group is occupying a national wildlife refuge have told the group they can't use county facilities to hold a community meeting.

The armed men plan to hold a meeting Friday in Burns to explain themselves and inform residents when they will leave.

The Oregonian ( reports that officials in Burns, about 30 miles from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, said the meeting can't be held at the Harney County fairgrounds or any other county facility.

Organizers of the community meeting have said it will go on even if the county does not provide a location.

On Wednesday, the county fire chief — a sympathizer of the armed group — resigned over the county's refusal to host the meeting.