It is Labor Day weekend. Traditionally, the official end-of-summer.
It’s been a great summer. (Already I dread what’s ahead weather-wise.)
But I’m reminded of what happened last Labor Day weekend…
On September 2, 2017 someone throwing fireworks in a dry ravine started a fire!
The following is a portion of the apology of the 15-year-old culprit.
“I know I will have to live with his bad decision for the rest of my life, but I have learned from this experience and will work hard to help rebuild the community in any way that I can,” he said. “I now realize how important it is to think before acting because my actions can have serious consequences.”
The fire trapped a 154 unprepared hikers in the forest overnight.
Only 30 miles from Portland, the fire abruptly shut down the 2017 tourist season causing tour operators searching for alternate activities for their disappointed travelers. Many of them had booked trips especially to travel the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway, and see the many beautiful waterfalls including Oregon’s tallest, 620′ high Multnomah Falls.
Although the Eagle Creek fire was caused by a teenager, many fires are started by natural disasters.
It could’ve been worse.
The teenager has been sentenced to 5 years probation, 1920 hours of community service and restitution of $36.6M of which he’ll never be able to repay even a fraction.