OREGON CITY, Oregon, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - The destruction caused by the extreme heat and wildfires raging in Oregon includes all kinds 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 event heat dome, which has seen temperatures of 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46.1 ° C) in someparts of the Portland metro area.
"On the second day of the heat it was 116. I walked into the driveway that night- there and I saw the trees were cooking. Burnt to nothing, "Hemphill said.
The 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 Willamette Valley who said the heat wave earlier this year damaged their crops to unprecedented levels.
The so-called The contraband fire blackened nearly 400,000 acres (over 160,000 hectares) of brush and of desiccated woods in and around the Fremont-Winema National Forest since its eruption on July 6. This makes it close to Oregon 's third largest on record since 1900.
At least 67 houses have been destroyed and 3,400 others have been listed as threatened, with around 2,100 people under orders to evacuate or be ready to flee at any time.
Scientists have stated that the increasing frequency and intensity of forest fires are largely attributable to prolonged drought and increased episodes of excessive heat which are symptomatic of the change climate. Report by Deborah Bloom; edited by Diane Craft
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