Hemp fields are joining the list of casualties from the raging wildfires in California and Oregon. The fires continue to burn homes and crops, with little hope of fully containing them.
California has 28 major fires that are active across the state, engulfing 4,375 square miles. Oregon has over a million acres aflame after last week.
The exact dollar figures that these fires will consume is still up in the air. The number of acres of crops like hemp that is lost along with residential homes will have to be evaluated once the blaze dies down. California and Oregon are in the top ten producers of hemp by acreage, leaving a huge potential for damage.
Eddie Campos was a farmer near San Diego. He was licensed to cultivate 40 acres of hemp but only planted 5 this year. He saw the flames coming up on his property from the mountain behind his house. After calling for aid from firefighters, Campos decided that he and his son would have to fight the fire themselves. They used everything they had, garden hoses, shovels, and one fire hose took to their hands to defend their livelihood.
They labored hard but still saw 70-foot flames coming over the top of the mountain and towards their farm. Despite their valiant efforts, they weren’t able to save much. They lost a house, a greenhouse, merchandise, and half of the outdoor crop.