Completed in 2017
ARTIST STATEMENT: Summer is fire season in the Pacific Northwest, but in recent years, annual wildfires have taken on more intense and frightening aspects. Smoke chokes communities for weeks, Homes are destroyed while people and animals flee the blazes. Last summer fire even jumped the Columbia Gorge to continue burning on the far side. There is not complete agreement or a singe solution for mitigating the damage of these fires. Increased educational efforts along with restrictions on fireworks and campfires during dry seasons could decrease human-caused blazes. Changes in forest policies could restrict the size of the fires. More careful land use planning and restrictions on developing high risk areas should also be considered.
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