Whiskey Run Beach, Oregon, USA by Chris Malone

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This image was taken at Whiskey Run Beach near Bandon, Oregon in 2015. The entire Pacific Northwest had a very dry summer which in turn set the stage for numerous forest fires late that summer and into the fall months. The fire was caused by an ATV backfiring into dry beach grass which helped to ignite gorse and other small trees in the area. The fire spread to the south by winds and was finally contained near the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and one of it's courses. The resort was evacuated due to dense smoke but no fire damage was reported later. The fire burned a total of 40 acres before it was extinguished. The Whiskey Run Beach is a favorite of rock hunters and vehicles are permitted to operate on the beach.

I visited the beach the following spring after the fire to see the damage, my submission represents what I saw that day, scorched earth. In subsequent visits to the area, I've noted that the vegetation is starting to return slowly. The number one danger to our environment and one of the leading causes of forest fires can be attributed to people being careless. Please respect the world around you and observe and limit and impact you create when outdoors.

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