Although the recent rains soaked everything quite thoroughly, the present warm weather and high winds have combined to dry everything again quite as thoroughly. The opening of the hunting season with its consequent carelessness on the part of hunters and campers makes it necessary to take extra precaution to prevent large forest fires by discovering small ones. To this end, the state of Oregon will put on four deputy state fire wardens August 1.
George Lowd will patrol the country from Rogue River north to the head of Pleasant Creek and Graves Creek, and from Table Rock west to the county line. Mr. Lowd's address is Rogue River, Oregon. Anyone discovering forest fires in his district will confer a favor by notifying him at that place.
D.W. Sturgess will patrol from Beagle north to the head of the east and west forks of Evans Creek. Mr. Sturgess can be notified at Beagle, Oregon.
W.G. Kenny will patrol from Anderson Creek north to Rogue River, and from the foothills west of the valley to the Applegate River. He can be notified at Jacksonville.
J.W. Kershaw will patrol from Little Butte Creek south to the Dead Indian Road, along Frog Creek. Notice of fire sent to Wellen, Oregon, will be given to Mr. Kershaw.
These men are all authorized to issue permits to burn brush, slashing, etc.
What to Do
In case you discover a fire and cannot locate any of the fire wardens, without delay please notify Supervising Warden B.I. Shannon, by phone, collect, at number 236, Medford.
To assist these state patrolmen, the Jackson County Fire Patrol Association has a force of 24 men patrolling the entire county. Each man has been assigned to a particular district. The association has headquarters at Butte Falls, telephone 9-F11. They will pay all telephone calls notifying them of forest fires.
The state, association and forest service have so arranged their patrol districts that there is no duplication of patrol; thus, each district will be looked after in a thorough manner. So no matter where you live, hunt or camp, you will find a fire warden near you whom you can notify in case of fire.
It is hoped that everyone, while in the woods, will be careful where they empty pipe ashes, throw cigars, cigarettes and matches, and particularly, careful not to leave camp fires unextinguished. There is a law against leaving camp fires before they are entirely out; also against building them beside logs, stumps and any sort of litter without first clearing the ground all around sufficient to keep it from spreading.