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FIRE AND WATER

Issue 36 and Volume 1894 15.

FIRE AND WATER SUCH destructive fires as those now raging in the Northwest, where they are attended by heavy loss of life, are impossible in a country which has a timber growth general in the East and South. Forests of oak, elm, ash and other trees which shed their leaves in the fall sometimes burn out, but always slowly and never with any great amount of damage. In the Northwestern pineries, where dry boughs saturated with turpentine burn like tinder, the flame when it once has gained control sweeps everything before it until stopped by some broad watercourse or until it exhausts itself for lack of material. The Department of Agriculture has made several investigations of these Northwestern fires, but nothing has come of it. After the five or six weeks of summer drought to which the Northwest is always liable, the forest fire is an invariable occurrence, and every…

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