Oregon wildfires are adding more fuel to young activists’ legal climate battle

Plaintiffs in Juliana v United States are suing the government for violating their constitutional rights and asking for a recovery plan

In early September, Jacob Lebel was in Clackamas, Oregon, preparing to relocate a tannery to his family’s Rose Hills Farms when fire broke out 180 miles away. He was quickly summoned back.

Lebel, 23, drove three hours home to defend his farm under banks of yellow clouds that slowly reddened until purple hues overtook the area just north of his farm, then turned to reddish brown, then black.

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