Timber ‘can’t hold a candle to the fire’

In a rural corner of western Oregon, a new fire season has arrived.

The Oregonian reports that timber harvesters are getting ready to plant a second year of timber, and there is growing anticipation that the fire season will see more timber in the state.

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) said the state had recorded at least 5.6 million acres of new fires in 2017, and the fires in Oregon could be larger than the fires from 2016.

More than 2,200 people have died in Oregon fires so far this year.

The fires have forced many communities to relocate.

The National Guard has deployed to the Oregon Coast to help contain the fires.