HISTORY OF FOREST FIRES IN OUR AREA

FROM THE SEPTEMBER 15, 1929 SUNDAY OREGONIAN P. 11.  ABOUT THE 1902 YACOLT BURN, THE SEPTEMBER 1868 FIRE, AND AUGUST 1883.  

PHOTO FROM HISTORIC HOOD RIVER:  CAPTION SAYS:  OAK STREET LOOKING EAST, 1929......

"........This view of Oak Street is labeled "11:15 AM, 9/17/29." I have yet to find an error in an Alva Day caption. What do you think is going on? More details are welcome, as always.

Yes, as some of you have figured out, 1929 was a year of disastrous wildfires in the Gorge. On 9/17/29 Stevenson Washington was surrounded on three sides by fire, a situation garnering nationwide attention.  Here's an account from the Kokomo Indiana newspaper.

Apparently the situation didn't fully abate until December. Let's hope this year isn't a replay of 1929.

FROM THE SEPTEMBER 15, 1929 SUNDAY OREGONIAN P. 1 & 11

FIRES AT MT HOOD, OLYMPIC PENINSULA, CLACKAMAS RIVER, SIUSLAW, SISKIYOU, WASHOUGAL, COLVILLE, CHELAN, CALIFORNIA,