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Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 7, 1921

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

Sept. 7, 1921

FOREST FIRES IN OREGON, 1921 SHOW DECREASE

Although Forest Fire Season is Not Over, U. S. Forest Service Reports Improvement Over Previous Years — Airplanes a Factor.

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Hint To Campers

When you leave that campfire, brother — Put it out!

It is apt to breed another — Put it out!

Forest fires start from little, when the woods are dry and brittle.

So when you remove the kittle — Put it out!

Do not leave one spark to smolder — Put it out!

One small spark will soon grow bolder — Put it out!

One small spark may prove a whale; There, when you hit the trail, drown it with a water pail — Put it out!

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Portland, Ore., Sept. 7. — Reports just received at District Forester Geo. H. Cecil’s offices here from the twenty two national forests in Oregon and Washington show that the number of forest fires reported to date has been smaller than a year ago and that the number of large fires has been greatly reduced.

The figures just compiled show that since July 1, there have been 769 forest fires reported on the national forests of Oregon and Washington, as compared to 930 a year ago at this same date. A total of 15,182 acres has been burned over to Sept. 1.

The forest service divides forest fires into three classes, according to the acreage burned over by each fire. Class A are fires covering not over one-quarter acre, class B covering over one-fourth acre and not over ten acres, and class C fires covering over 10 acres. The 1920 report for the period from July 1 to Sept. 1, showed 551 class A fires, 239 class B fires, and 140 class C, a total of 930 fires inside the national forests. The 1921 figures for this same period give 540 class A, 179 class B, and 50 class C, or 161 less fires than for 1920.

The dangerous fires season is not over yet by any means, the district forester said, and forest officers are still urging hunters, campers and other users of the forests to use the greatest possible care to see that they leave no unextinguished fies in the woods.

“The most encouraging result,” District Forester Cecil says, “of the 1921 figures, is that the number of class C or fires covering over ten acres, has been cut from 140 in 1920 to 50 for 1921, also the fine record being made on most of the forests. For example, Ranger E. C. Peachey of the Dead Indian district on the Crater Forest had nine fires to Sept. 1, but the total area burned over by these nine fires was only one-half acre. Another encouraging feature to me is the fine cooperation being given the federal forest officers by county peace officers in enforcing the state laws against leaving campfires extinguished.”

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com