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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 19, 1918

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

Aug. 19, 1918

RAIN REMOVES MENACE OF BIG FIRES IN FORESTS

The rains of last week again removed the danger of forest fires in this section for at least a month. If more rain does not fall in that time and things begin to get pretty dry again, forest fires may start but there will be little danger of their spreading into big conflagrations because of last week’s soaking. It rained hard in the hill and mountain regions for several days.

The rains started just in time to prevent what was threatening to become the biggest forest fire of the season in the Crater Lake national forest territory and Palmer butte in the Applegate district. This fire was spreading fast when the rainfall came.

Federal Forest Supervisor Rankin was in a happy mood this morning over the forest fire situation and the removal of danger for some time to come. “I have certainly been lucky since I assumed charge of this office,” he said. “The situation was getting very bad several weeks ago when unexpected rain came to our relief and put out the fires.”

The stockmen are also much pleased over the recent rains and are hoping for at least a little more precipitation, which would insure good fall pasturage for the cattle and sheep.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

Reports from Crater Lake are that the present is one of the most delightful seasons at that resort. The rains of last week have place the roads in splendid condition and freshened things up generally. Last Thursday an inch of snow fell at Crater Lake, but soon disappeared from sight.

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Chief of Police Timothy is busy these days in the enforcement of the work or fight ordinance passed by the city council some time ago. Saturday he rounded up several young men who seemed to have plenty of time on their hands, read to them the provisions of the ordinance and then gave them their choice of going to work or of being arrested. All preferred to take employment and the chief quickly found jobs for them.

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