The Eagle Creek Fire was a destructive wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington. The fire was started on September 2, 2017, reportedly caused by teenagers igniting fireworks during a burn ban. In mid-September, highway closures and local evacuations were gradually being lifted. As of September 28, 2017, the fire had consumed 48,831 acres (19,761 ha) and was 46% contained. In late October, fire growth was slowed by rain. On November 30, 2017, the fire was declared fully contained but not yet completely out.
Based on how the media covers school shootings, shouldn’t this event spark a national conversation about ‘firework control’? I mean, why are they holding the teen accountable and not banning all fireworks? Hmmm.