Fruit farms suffer greatly in Carlton wildfire

Washington’s worst wildfire in history, the 250,000-acre Carlton Complex, torched more than just forest, rangeland, and homes. It also devastated Okanogan County crops, directly and indirectly. Consider:

  • Shipments of perishable cherries went bad because fire trapped freight trucks.
  • Power outages disabled pumps needed to water crops daily in the hot summer sun.
  • Apples and pears, in particular, are being parched at a critical time.
  • Orchard perimeters, though green, were scorched by flames, killing trees.
  • Miles of fences burned down, giving deer and other animals access to crops they’ll now eat because their natural habitat was destroyed.
  • Irrigation lines were ruined by flames.

Orchard-rich communities near the Columbia River like Pateros and Brewster, and the Methow Valley in general, could lack power for several more days. Learn more in this Wenatchee World article.

by  Jon Osterberg

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