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Wildfires Impact Hemp Crops in California & Oregon

Massive wildfires burning up and down California and Oregon are ravaging hemp farms, destroying an untold number of properties and causing millions of dollars in losses.

Massive wildfires burning up and down California and Oregon are ravaging hemp farms, destroying an untold number of properties and causing millions of dollars in losses.

The fires are engulfing farms as hemp harvest begins in some places, destroying the investments of some farmers for whom 2020 was their first year cultivating.

Twenty-eight active, major fires in California have scorched 4,375 square miles, The Associated Press reported. In Oregon, over a million acres have burned during the past week, Gov. Kate Brown said. About 500,000 acres (781 square miles) usually burn each year, she said.

There was no immediate word how many hemp acres may have been damaged or destroyed. Oregon and California are among the 10 biggest hemp producers in terms of acres, according to Hemp Industry Daily’s 2020 Hemp Harvest Outlook. Near Jamul, just east of San Diego, the flames began to encroach on Eddie Campos’ property near a mountain on Sept. 5 as he worked on a barn to hold memorial services for his mother, who died August 7.

“My son came and tapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘Dad, have you looked up on the mountain?’ I’m like, no, why? And I went outside and said ‘Oh my God,’” Campos recalled Monday.

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