FOREST FIRES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Forest fires have destroyed millions of dollars worth of lumber and other property in British Columbia. The logging camp of W. M. Clothier & Son at Central Station, on the Bellingham Bay, British Columbia railroad, has been burned, the loss being $20,000, At Everson four freight cars, and a considerable amount of the side track of the same road have been consumed by the flames, which had taken a northerly direction from Seattle, Wash. Along the Northern railway between Whatcom and Goshen many farm buildings have been burned, and Vancouver was the scene of several fires. The southern half of Vancouver’s Island was absolutely hidden for days, the fires causing terrible loss. Alberni, a mining town, was surrounded by one immense blaze, which took entire possession of Mineral Hill, a wealthy section. The flames swept away all buildings in the Duke of York mine, China Creek, and burned numerous camps, buildings, etc. On the rivers navigation was rendered difficult and dangerous, owing to the darkness induced by the smoke. At Spokane, while the east wind had cleared the atmosphere of smoke, in the mountain regions to the north the breeze had simply fanned the flames into raging walls of fire, which swept across the mountains, and down into the valleys with fearful speed. Mining camps and villages in British Columbia were hemmed in by the flames; loss of life is reported, and it is feared there was much more than will ever be known.