Leadership

NEARLY A MILLION A YEAR FOREST FIRE LOSS IN NORTH CAROLINA

Issue 3 and Volume 15.

NEARLY A MILLION A YEAR FOREST FIRE LOSS IN NORTH CAROLINA The February number of the North Carolina Insurance Department “Bulletin,” which is designated a “Forest Fire Number,” says that the loss by fire in that state last year was about $20,000 a day. This takes no account whatever of the forest fire loss. Estimates made by the National Forest Fire Prevention Association show that for five years. 1914-1919, North Carolina’s yearly averagwas 765 fires, an increase over the former five-year period. Over half a million acres were burned over at an average loss each year of $800,000. The cost each year to private individuals of fighting these fires was about $25,000. Commissioner Wade says these losses and costs should be stopped. This can be done by the exercise of ordinary care, especially at this season of the year, when fires are so likely to get out and spread. The…

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