From San Diego, California to Bellingham, Washington, nearly all of the western coast of the United States has been ravaged by wildfire, including the country’s marijuana “breadbasket.” 
- Near 100 fires are raging across all three west coast states: California, Oregon, and Washington
- The fires have consumed nearly 5 million acres of land with upwards of 30,000 firefighters being activated. 
- Evacuation orders have been given to tens of thousands, with many more being given the warning to prepare.
- Near 40 lives have been lost with many others still missing 
- Poor forest management and events from climate change seem to have exacerbated what could have been smaller fires. The Department of the Interior estimates that 90% of wildfires are caused by humans.
Effects on the Cannabis Industry:
- 20% of Oregon licensed cannabis businesses are evacuated.
- The largest wildfire in California history has destroyed the cannabis fertile counties in the Emerald Triangle (Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity).
- The crop that was not burned may be contaminated due to exposure to heat, ash, smoke, and fire-retardants.
- The percentage of crop loss can range from 20-40% with the rest at threat of being lost due to power outages at grows.
- Supply chains and potentially months of product ruined.
- What can be done to help the cannabis community and affected communities at-large?
- What precautions can be implemented to help in the future?
- How can the cannabis industry better prepare for wildfire season?
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