Neal Creek Fire Does Not Burn A Substantial Amount Of County Timber

Hood River County Forester Doug Thiesies says last week’s Neal Creek Fire that burned on County forestland did not burn a substantial amount of harvestable timber.  Thiesies says the County was fairly fortunate the fire did not cause more damage.  He estimated about 100,000 board feet of timber was probably lost, but added it was not the County’s most productive land.  The County’s annual timber harvest is about nine-and-a-half million board feet.  Thiesies noted a quick response from Oregon Department of Forestry crews and other fire agencies helped prevent a larger amount of damage.  The cause of the fire is under investigation, but is believed to be human caused.  It was declared 100 percent contained over the weekend.

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