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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 8, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

Aug. 8, 1921

99 FOREST FIRES IN OREGON THUS FAR COST $4,697

The total number of fires reported to the state forester up to August 1 was 99. These fires burned over 2,220 acres, destroyed 35,000 board feet of merchantable timber and damaged logging and other property to the amount of $4,697.

Practically all wardens are now on duty and appointments issued aggregate 467. An unusually small amount has so far been spent by state and associations for suppression. The bulk of fire fighting cost has fallen on operators. Slight rains have been experienced in a few sections but at present the woods are dry and great care must be exercised.

Carl L. Davis, secretary of Coos County Fire Patrol Association states that extensive slash burning on the part of operators has been conducive of excellent results and that loss of timber has so far been very slight.

In central Oregon territory J. H. Haner reports hot, dry weather but no fires of consequence. Klamath County experienced the loss of a sawmill valued at $40,000 but no standing timber has been damaged.

The Northwestern Associations of which C. C. Scott is secretary have has no fires resulting in loss of timber although fires causing considerable outlay on the part of operators have occurred.

Douglas County Association has had 28 small fies and one conviction for burning without permit has been secured.

The forest service (District 6) embracing Oregon and Washington reports 227 fires since July 1, only 15 of which were class C fires. Cost of fires was $3,133 and a total of 23 convictions for violation of fire laws were secured.

SMOKE IN VALLEY CAUSED BY FIRE IN SAWDUST PILE

The smoke haze which hung over the valley and foot hills Sunday and today is not due to forest fires, according to the Federal Forest Service office, for there are none of any consequence in this district, although during a thunder and lightning storm in the Little Applegate section last night, a number of trees were struck by lightning, it was reported by the lookouts, but up to early this afternoon the fires, if any, started by these strikes had not yet been located. It was raining again in the Little Applegate section near Wagner Gap this morning.

There is one forest fire in the Big Applegate district, but it is not of serious proportions and little is known about it at the federal forestry service here as yet.

The smoke haze hanging over the valley comes from an acre pile of sawdust on the north edge of the city on the east side of Bear Creek which was set on fire last Thursday by some boys. It alternately burns and smolders, according to how much breeze there is, and when the proportions of a wind are reached the smoke is carried in various directions to the hills.

This burning sawdust pile has caused the forestry service much annoyance the past few days because of the great smoke it raises, and it is thought that it will burn and smolder a month yet unless some means is found to extinguish it.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com