A TRUE STORY

. b"l of our FORESTS

SMOKEY .

Forest F· Ire

WHEW! THAT MAKES

THE THIRD MAN-MADE ~II<E I'VE PUT OUT TODAY ... THE SAME OLD STORY, q OUT OF 10 FOREST ~IRES ARE

CAUSED BY CARELESS

OR TI-IOUGHTLE~t;; I-lUMAN BEINGS

PUBLISHED AS A SERVICE OF THE AMERICAN FORESTRY ASSOCIATION, 919 SEVENTEENTH ST.N.W •• WASHINGTON.D.C.

r WISH PEOPLE COULD SEE SOME OF THE FOREST FIRES I'VE SEEN ~

IF HUMAN BEINGS ARE SO SMART. WHY DO THEY START THESE FOREST I=IRES '?

l"ROUUCED at (;OMMt;RClAL ~OM'~:" WI",", 1611i M sr., N. IN .. WASHJNGTON S, D. C.

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.. BY USING J:IRE TO MAKE SMOKE, THEY COULD SEND MESSAGES, TO OTHER INDIANS ACROSS THE MOUt--lTAlNS AND THE RIVERS '" II

"BUT THEY DIDN'T LEAVE CAMP FIRES WITH LIVE COALS THAT WOULD LATER BI<EAK INTO FLAME. NO SIR! ••• THEY KNEW THAi MANY TREES DIE WHEN THE FOREST BURNS!"

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WHEN r SAW THE FIRST WHITE MEN COME TO AMERICA I I BeCAN TO WOR.RY ABOUT OUR FOR.ESTS."

TRUE. IT'S LIKE THE AIR.

THERE WILL ALWAYS 8e ENOUGH FOR ALL.

THAT'S A STRONG WIND! LOOK I THE FIRE IS GETTING AWAY FROM US!

U IT RACED FROM ONE TREE TOP TO ANOTHER AND BeCAME A WILD FIRE ... II

FINAL.L.Y IT HAD KIL.L.ED AL.L TI-I'- TREES AtJ D GRASS ON THE HIL.LS

. AROUND.

" WI-IEIIJ IT IS WELL COVERED WITH LIVE: TREes. SHRUBS, OR GJ<ASC;. RAtN AND ME.L-TINe; SNOW SINK INTO THE C;ROUNP TO COME OUT GLOWLY INTO STREAMS BELOW. 11= BURNED, IT MAY BE DAMAGED S=OR SEVERAL YEARS !"

"HEAVY r:ALL RAINS WERE FOLLOWED BY A HARD UJINTER SNOW PILED OEEP ON TI-lE BURNED STUMPS AND TREES __ ,I

"EACH VEAR THE HOODS WERE WORSE AT LAST, WILL BRADLEY'S FARM WAS NO LONGER ANY GOOD AND HE HAD TO MOVE AWAy. I-lE WAS A SAD E)(AMPLE OF A GOOD MAN W~O WAS C-ARcLESG AND THOUGHTLESS WITH ~IRE.."

II THEN CAME SPRINC ~LOODS AND WILL BRADLEY'S FARM LAND WAS COVERED UJITH SAND AND ORAVEL FROM THE I-IILL.S ABOVE II

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.. AS AMERICA GREW AND RAILROADS BROUGHT PEOPLE TO THE WEST, FOREST I=IRES aeCAME EVEN WORSE. HUNDREDS OF LIVES WERE DAMAGE REACHED INTO THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EVERY

I'VE SEEN FOREST I=IRES BURN ENTIRE TOWNS, SPREADING TERROR, KILLlN0 AND DESTROYING EVERY-

THING IN THEIl< PATHS

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.. A FIRE LIKE THAT OCCURRED IN 1971 AT PE6HTl001 / WISCONSIN. A RAILROAD GANG CAuseD THE BLAZE ALTHOUGH NO RAIN HAD FALLEN FOR THREE MONTHS, THEY BEGAN TO BURN OLD TQEES THEY HAD CUT DOWN ALONG THE TRACK ... "

PESHTIGO WAS A SAWMILL TOWN ON THE EDGe OF A OENSE FOREST.1HE 2,000 PEOPLE WHO LIVED THERE HAD NO THOUGHT OF TROUBL";!:E:':';"~'......-::r::~-

DON'T THINK ANY MAN HAD eVER 6EFORE SEEN A FOREST FU~E AS BAD AS THIS. I've SEEN THE:M ALL .IN THIS COUNTRY AND THIS WAS THE WORST. THE ENTIRe F'OREST SEEMED TO EXPLODE INTO FLAME. A STI<ONG WIND CAME UP AND pe91-1TIC;O WAS A TOWN IN THE PA11-4 OF A !<OARING FURNACE!"

"THEN FIRE.

STRUCK THE TOWN! A 9ECOND GREAT BURST OF FLAME AND PESHTIGO ITSEL~

wAS ON F=IRE ... "

WHEN THE HORROR ENDED, NEARLY 1500 HUMAN LIVES HAD BEEN LOST! MORE TI-IAN FIVE TIMES THE t.JUMBER

THAT DIED IN THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE WHICH OCCURRED IN THE SAME. YEAR, ON THE SAME DAY ... AT THE SAME HOUR! AT PESHTIGO, OVER

1,290,000 ACRES OF PINE. WERE BURNED OUT •••

WHEN FORESTS BURN,EVERYBODY MUST PAY. SOME ARE KILLED OR LOSE THEIR HOMEG AND OTHERS LOSE THEIR .JOB9. All THE RES~ WHEREVER THEY LIVE, MUST PAY MORE FOR THE LUMBER AND PAPER PRODUCTG THEY BUY! 'BUT 1 REMEMBER OTHER FIRES ...

"IN Iql9 A FOREST FIRE DESTROYED CLOQUET, MINNESOTA. lIOO WERE KIL.LED! TIMBE:R

AND PROPERTY DAMAC;e CAME TO 90 MILLION DOLLARS!"

II IN Iq32 FIRE DESTROYED 25~ SQUARE MILES IN ONE 810 CANYON. WATERSHEDS WERE RUINED, CUTTING THE WAiER SUPPLY FOR El0HT TOWNS AND 1000 FARMS."

"IN IQ33, 276,000 ACRES OF FOREST WERE DESTROYED. THE

LOSS TO LABOR AND INDUSTRY AND THE PUBLIC WAS PUT' AT 3S0 MILLION DOLLARS!"

"IN IQ47, A SERIES OF FOREST FIRES RAC;E.D FOR TEN DAyS AND 175,000 ACRES 6URNED. HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS, HOTELS, CHURCHES, HOMES, FARMS, AND BUSINESSES WERE WIPED

OUT' - - ALL BECAUSE OF CARELESSNESS!

II eACH YEAR AN AVERAe;,E OF= 200 THOUSAND FOREST FIRES DESTROY

30 MILLION ACREe f"

IN THE UNITE.D STATES, THE STATE AND FEDERAL FORESTRY AGE:NCIES AND MANY INDU9TRIEG ARE LUORKIN6 TO WHIP OLD MAt-l FIRE •.•

. aUT HE'S A TOU0H ONE. !

"LOOKOUTS WATCH FOR Ftl<ES FROM THEIR TOWERS. AS SOON A~ SMOKE Ita SIGHTED, MEN ARE SENT TO ~TOP

THE FIRE!"

.. I'VE seEN HUNDRE~ OF MEN WIT\-4 TRUCKS, TRACTORS I PUMPS AND HANDTOOLS RUSHED TO THE F=IRE . SOMETIMES THEY HAve TO FIGHT THE RAGINC:1 FLAME9 1=01< DAYS WITH VERY LITTLE: ~EST. THEIR LIVES ARE OFTEN IN DANGER."

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II THEY PATROL SOME FORESTS WITH AIRPLANES, AND IN THE WEST THEY OFTEN DROP I=IRE I=Ic.?HTERS BY PARACHUTE WHERE: THEY CAN DO THE MOST GOOD WHILE TI-tE FIRE Ie STILL SMALL. THESE MEN ARE CALLED SMOKE ..JUMPERS."

" YOU KIDS CAN HELP. TELL MOM AND POP AND UNCLE ~IM TO USE PLENTY OF WATER OR. OIRT TO PUT OUT THE. LAtaT LIVE COAL. IN ANY CAMP OR PICNIC FIRE THEY START. n

.. TELL THEM THAT USEO MATCHES SHOULD BE BROt<EN IN TWO, AND THE BURNED END SQUEEZED WITH THE FINCERS. THEN THEY I WILL KNOW THEY'Re: OUT."

BE CAREFUL WITH FIRES

HELP PROTECT OUR FORESTS!

.. TELL THEM NEVEl< TO eURN GRASG, LEAVES. OR ~USH IN HO', DRY OR WINOV WEATHER ... AND WHENEVER THEY DO BURN THEM, TO HAVE PL,ENTY OF .... ELP, TOOLS AND WATER. HANOY. I,

.. OUR GREATEST CRIMES TO THE FORESTS ARE THE WILD FIRES

SET ON PURPOSE. IT IS 40UR .Joe - EVERYBODY'S .Joe - TO MAKE PEOPLE KNOUJ THAT FIRES DESTROY HOMES, .Joes, TIMBER, FISHING AND ANIMALCO LIKE US!"

FORESTS ARE NO LONGER

AS VAST AND ENDLESS AS THEY WERE IN THE DAYS OF THE EARLY SETTLERG. TODAY WE NEED ALL WE HAVE LEFT I"

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