This past weekend I'd planned on heading back to Oregon but cancelled my trip due to the wildfires near Crater Lake that have now caused several closures into the park.
The Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia River Gorge has now burned more than 10,000 acres and shut down I-84 from Hood River to Troutdale.
The irresponsible actions of a few teenagers has resulted in the destruction of some of the most beautiful strips of forest I have been able to visit.
Climate change is real. Wildfire season is longer due to warmer spring and summer temperatures as well as earlier spring snow-melt that causes soil to dry out sooner and stay drier longer. Wildfires have increased in frequency and duration by four times since the 1980s. Particularly in the western United States.
Please be responsible when you are enjoying our beautiful public lands. Please be responsible with your campfires and fireworks. These increasingly dangerous and costly natural disasters are unfortunately going to be a part of our future. But we can minimize their destruction by being conscious of our own actions and habits.
Many thanks to the firefighters and emergency service providers who have risked their lives to protect as much of our forests as possible. From the current fires in Oregon to those here in Utah.