Due to a 300 acre brush fire in replanted trees from a clear cut on property owned by Stimpson Lumber Company residents of the Forest Grove area are having a lesson in climate change. The fire began on Friday sending a plume of smoke high in the air southwest of Forest Grove but Saturday the sky was clear blue and there was no hint of what was to come today. When I got up @ 6:30 a.m. and opened our front door to get the paper the smell of smoke was immediate. I quickly closed the door.
I was planning on playing golf at Pumpkin Ridge this morning, my last chance before they aerate the course. Because I suffer from COPD I cancelled my round. Fortunately for us, we have the state of the art heating and AC system which is equivalent to hospital AC systems so no smoke has been filtered into our home. Anyone with asthma, COPD or other respiratory problems could easily end up in the hospital if they didn't have such a good home heating/AC system.
That this is happening on "Climate Change Sunday" is ironic to say the least. Here is another example of a private corporation polluting the air due to clear cutting and re-planting replacement trees so closely together that the 200 person fire crew working this fire can't easily get into some very tough terrain to stomp out this fire. Besides the health hazards involved, who is going to pay for putting out this fire - the State of Oregon, Washington County, local fire districts or Stimpson Lumber?
Stimpson Lumber now joins Intel on being a polluter du jour in Washington County!