Massachusetts Forest Fire Losses
In an address before the joint judiciary committee of the Massachusetts legislature in favor of a bill proposing to give the public authorities control of the setting of all fires in forests, W. A. L. Bazeley, commissioner of concervation of the State, testified that so far this year forest fires, amounting in number to 2,500, had burned over a territory of 36,390 acres, caused the death of five persons, burned 70 buildings and caused damage equal to $200,000. Of the figures thus far reported, there have been 914 fires caused by railroads, and other fires and their causes are: Burning brush, 495;
smokers, 368; unknown, 469; children, 185; incendiary, 50; steam rollers, 15; moth department employes, 1; electric light employes, 1; electric light wires, 2; tar kettles on road, 4; oil tank explosion, 1; portable mill, 1; blasting, 1; hoisting engine, 1. Buildings burned, 70; lives lost, 5. The grand totals as given by Mr. Bazeley were as follows: Number of fires, 2,508; acreage burned, 36,390; damage, $190,275; cost of extinguishing, $42,592.