Congressional Edition Volume 5398

Congressional Edition Volume 5398

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...he discovered a large forest fire burning in valuable timber on the reservation. The reservation authorities at this time had no system of fire protection on their lands and nothing was being done to check the fire. The flames had a front of about 5 miles and were traveling rapidly before: i strong wind through a dense forest of white and yellow pine, red fir, hemlock, and tamarack. Nearly a half-billion feet of merchantable timber was in imminent danger. Officers of this forest at that time had no authority to fight fires on the Indian reservation. The ranger, however, rightly judged that some action could be taken to save the government's property, and rode to St. Maries, the nearest telephone office. Upon telephoning to the supervisor of the national forest at Wallace, he was instructed to take in a crew of 20 men to the fire and return to St. Maries for instructions. Meanwhile the forester was wired from Wallace that forest rangers were fighting fires on the Indian reservations, and instructions were requested. On August 8 the forester replied by wire, instructing the officers of this forest to extinguish the fire and to keep him informed by telegraph. About 40 more men were accordingly gathered and dispatched to the fire, which was located in an inaccessible region. In order to get in camps and supplies for this large crew, it was necessary to construct several miles of trail, and the entire force was put on the fire within twenty-four hours after receiving final instructions from the supervisor at Wallace, and within another twenty-four hours the fire was practically under control. The burned area was large and was covered with smoldering logs, stubs, and remnants of the fire. It was not possible to extinguish the fire within the burned...show more

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  • Paperback | 314 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 562g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236529308
  • 9781236529305