Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 23, 1920
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Aug. 23, 1920
3 FOREST FIRES
IN JACKSON CO.,
SMOKE IS DENSE
The heaviest smoke haze of the season was on in the valley today. It was so thick that one could not see the mountains in any direction, even Roxy Anne and the Siskiyous.
Although there are a number of small fires burning in this section, the smoke is presumed to have been blown in from the big fires in Northern California and further north in Oregon.
The forestry service here received a weather prediction from Portland this morning forecasting thunder showers and continued warm weather during the next three days. This forecast makes local forestry officials apprehensive of lightning fires in the mountains.
The federal forestry service reports that it has no fires of any consequence in this district, but District State Supervising Fire Warden Eberle has had several new fires in his territory the past two days.
A brush and grass fire started on the Bybee or Murphy ranch on Antelope Saturday which, before it was gotten under control, burned over 100 acres, and caused some lively bustling on the part of the neighborhood and Patrolman J. L. Kershaw of the state forestry service to save the ranch buildings. However some of the ranch fencing was burned. No timber was burned.
Saturday afternoon a fire started in the brush fifty yards from the Gagnon saw mill on Jackson creek, presumably from a spark from the logging engine, which burned over 5 or 6 acres and greatly endangered the mill before it was conquered by the volunteer fighters. This fire was discovered by an airplane of the daily Medford-Eugene patrol.
A forest fire which has been burning up at the top of the mountains on the right hand fork of Foots Creek is hard to combat, because of burning material rolling down over the fire lines. The fire was gotten under control last Wednesday, but it started up again Saturday. Patrolman J. O. Pierce of the state forestry service has charge of this fire.
The fire which had been burning for a week in the Siskiyous near Colestien was reported out today. It burned over 500 acres, but no timber was destroyed to amount to anything.
— Alissa Corman;