Come Sunday, it will be a year since a teenager from Vancouver, Washington threw a firecracker into a ravine and set the Columbia River Gorge on fire.
Let’s try to do better this year.
Again, it’s a very hot summer. Literally. The dry heat fueled one of the worst West Coast forest fire seasons in recent memory, with 292,266 acres currently burns in Oregon only.
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However, it is not all the fault of climate change. According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, 74 percent, or 593 of the 803 fires burning on ODF-protected land this year, were started by humans.
Paul Loikith, assistant professor of geography at Portland State University, also notes that the extreme smoke conditions are variable, and while Oregon’s base temperature is undoubtedly increasing, there is no reason to believe this summer is the new normal.
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However, ODF would like to prevent state forests from burning further. On its Twitter today, the agency issued a warning to Labor Day vacationers, indicating when and where fires are available.
“Campfires are either prohibited or only allowed in safe and designated campgrounds with established fireplaces,” the agency tweeted, linking to a map that shows where fires are limited.
ODF also offered some fire prevention tips: don’t throw cigarettes out the window, have your car’s exhaust checked before you set off on the road, don’t idle your car or shoot a car. target on dry grass and call and report any fires you spot. .
And, of course, don’t follow the lead of the man from West Linn who earlier this month started a four-acre fire while trying to get rid of a yellow jacket nest with gasoline, oil and a lighter.
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Instead, think of this poor teenager from Vancouver, who has to pay over $ 36 million in restitution as part of his punishment for starting the throat fire.
You don’t have $ 36 million. Stay away from fireworks.