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Mail Tribune 100, July 3, 1918

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

July 3, 1918

700 ACRES OF FINE SUGAR PINE DESTROYED BY FIRE

The forest fire situation in the county was somewhat improved today according to last reports received, especially the fires in the Jackson County Fire Patrol association territory. The fact that the weather has been cooler the past few days bringing with it heavy dews in the hills and mountains tends greatly to help the forest fire situation.

Federal Forest Supervisor Rankin returned to the city last night from the fire in the Crater national forest, about 12 miles north of Prospect, between Union and Castle peaks and reported that it was under control when he left, after burning over about 700 acres of the finest sugar pine in the national forest. However, this fire will have to be watched carefully because of the large amount of dead and dry timber mixed in with the sugar pine. About twenty men were at work on the fire and the major portion of them will be sent at once to help fight the fire at Rabbit Ears on this side of the Umpqua divide, which has burned over from 400 to 500 acres of timber in the past three days but is now burning in brush land. Supervisor Rankin will leave to superintend the fighting of this fire today or tomorrow, unless he should get word in the meantime that it is under control.

The big fire which has been burning on the Klamath Indian reservation and in part of the Crater national forest, will be under control tonight according to word Supervisor Rankin received from that section Tuesday night. So far this fire has burned over 13,000 acres of open yellow pine. About 25 men are still working on it.

It was learned today that when the Prospect fire was at its worst, Supervisor Sparrow of Crater Lake National park impressed P.M. Kershaw, the well-known Medford man, and the men of a party of relatives from California, with who he was visiting the lake, into service as fire fighters. Mr. Kershaw arrived home from Crater Lake last night.

Mrs. W. T. Grieve, secretary of the Jackson County Patrol association, said this noon that so far as she knew the fires in the Butte Falls and other association territory were out or under control — or at least she had received no word from them and no calls for more men yesterday and today, nor had any new fires been reported.

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