The U.S. Forest Service is urging people to take steps to save their trees and stop the spread of the so-called “white-tailed deer” from the forest.
The agency is urging residents and business owners to protect their timber from the white-tailed fire, which has burned through timber-rich parts of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
“This disease is spreading rapidly in these areas and it will take decades for this disease to spread to other areas,” said Steve Kramar, a Forest Service senior scientist and deputy director.
In Washington, the fire burned through nearly 40,000 acres, forcing some residents to relocate their homes.
The fire also spread through several forests in Washington state, forcing the closure of two towns and a fire station.
In Idaho, fires were still burning Monday in several areas in the Bitterroot National Forest.
The National Park Service reported a total of 24 wildfires burning in the state.
The Forest Service has also issued an advisory for all of Idaho, which is also the state with the largest population of timber-based timber businesses.
“It is very important that the public understands the consequences of this disease,” Kramars warning message read.
According to the Forest Service, the disease is spread through a combination of two types of deer, the red-tailed and the white.
The disease is usually caused by the gray-tailed, but the red and white can also spread from the same source.
White-tailed Deer have been reported in the eastern United States for several years.