OREGON CITY, Oregon, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - The destruction caused by the extreme heat and wildfires that raged in Oregon this summer includes all manner of farms, including one that grows trees for the Christmas season .
Jacob Hemphill, owner of Hemphill Tree Farm, estimates he lost over $ 100,000 worth of Christmas trees as a result of the recent "heat dome", which saw temperatures of 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46.1 ° C) in parts ofthe Portland metropolitan area.
"The second hot day it was 116. I walked into the driveway that night and j 'saw that the trees were practically cooking. Burnt to nothing, ”Hemphill said of the heat damage to his young trees.
losses will weigh heavily on his family this year, he said. But he hopes things will improve next year.
"I mean, you kind of have to roll with the punches and replant next year ... and I hope to make up for the loss we will have in the future. "
Beyond the Christmas trees, Hfrance.fr spoke to several farmers across the Willamette Valley, who said the heat wave, coinciding with a statewide drought, caused unprecedented damage to their crops.
The so-called The bootleg fire about 250 miles south of Portland blackened just before 400,000 acres (over 160,000 hectares) of dry brush and wood in and around the Fremont-Winema National Forest since its eruption in early July. This makes it the third largest wildfire on record in Oregon, dating back to 1900.
It 's also the largest of the few. 80 large active fires reported fires in 13 western states.
At least 67 homes have been destroyed and an additional 3,400 have been listed as threatened by the Bootleg fire, with around 2,100 people ordered to evacuate or to be ready to flee at any time.
L The fire was started by lightning and was fanned by hot, dry andin gusts. But firefighters have taken advantage of calmer winds and cooler, wetter conditions over the past few days to extend and strengthen containment lines around the outskirts of the blaze.
At the last report, containment stood at 38%, compared to only 7% a week ago.
Scientists have said that the increasing frequency and intensity of forest fires is largely due to prolonged drought and increased excessive heat episodes that are symptomatic of climate change. Reporting by Deborah Bloom in Oregon City; Additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; edited by Diane Craft
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