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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 9, 1922

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

Aug. 9, 1922

FOREST FIRE MENACE IN OREGON IS GETTING SERIOUS

“This is the most serious forest fire season we have had for several years, and unless the public who are using the forests are more careful even more serious fires than we have had are apt to occur,” said George H. Cecil, district forester, recently.

“We have had few of any lighting fires to date, but we are very apt to have many of these during the early part of this month. No one can prevent the lightning fires, but if people who go into the woods, for business or pleasure, would only realize the constant danger from fires spreading, we would have far fewer losses of valuable timber.

“The U. S. air service is assisting in the patrol again. As a precautionary measure, we have been compelled to require all campers, fishermen and hikers on the national forests of Oregon to secure camp fire permits, as is being done in the national forests of Washington.

“If only the people who go into the forests would follow a few simple rules what a saving in valuable timber and expense to the government, states and forest fire associations would result,” said Mr. Cecil.

“What we call the six rules for preventing forest fires are short and simple, easy to understand and easy to follow,” said Mr. Cecil, “Here they are:

(1) Matches — Be sure your match is out. Pinch it before you throw it away.

(2) Tobacco — Throw pipe ashes and cigar or cigarette stumps in the dust of the road and stamp or pinch out the fire before leaving them. Don’t throw them into brush, leaves or needles.

(3) Making Camp — Build a small campfire. Build it in the open, not against a tree of log or near brush. Scrape away the trash from all around it.

(4) Leaving Camp — Never leave a campfire, even for a short time, without quenching it with water and then covering it with earth.

(5) Bonfires — Never build bonfires in windy weather or where there is the slightest danger of their escaping from your control. Don’t make them larger than you need.

(6) Fighting Fires — If you find a fire, try to put it out. If you can’t, get word of it to the nearest United States forest ranger or state fire warden at once.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com