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Extreme heat scalds Christmas tree crops in Oregon

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By Deborah Bloom OREGON CITY, Ore. (Reuters) – The destruction wrought by the extreme heat and wildfires raging across Oregon includes all kinds of farms – including one that grows trees for the Christmas season. Jacob Hemphill, owner of Hemphill Tree Farm, estimates that he has lost over $100,000 worth of Christmas trees as a result of the recent ‘heat dome’ event, which saw temperatures of 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46.1 °C) in some parts of the Portland metro area. “The second day of the heat, it was 116. I came in the driveway that night and seen the trees were basically cooking. Burnt down t…

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