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David Sparks Ph.d Wildfires
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: October 17, 2017

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Is the world going up in flames? For the past 10 years, I have been playing a hockey tournament up in Santa Rosa California called the Snoopy tournament. And, every year, I stayed at a fabulous little boutique hotel called the Fountain Grove. Last week I saw pictures of the remnants of the hotel as it had burned to the ground in an unbelievable wildfire that ravaged Santa Rosa. Fires in the West are on everybody’s mind including Oregon Congressman Greg Walden. ““As we saw painfully this summer, smoke chokes our citizens, it chokes children. In my district, elementary school children had to be sent home because of smoke in their schools because of forest fires,” said Walden in a speech on the House floor. “In Oregon, we’ve seen some of the worst fires in our state’s history. It seemed as if every day came with new reports of more fire and more smoke. While this year’s fire season has been particularly intense and devastating, images like these are nothing new for Oregonians.”

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