Michigan Forest Fires.

Michigan Forest Fires.

According to a report prepared by State Forest Warden Fierce. Michigan forest fires of last autumn did damage amounting to $2,570,446. A Federal government report some time ago estimated the Michigan losses as $44,000,000. Warden Pierce in his report criticises many of the reports of property damage and loss of life circulated at the time of the fires as exaggerated. His own figures, he says, have been taken largely from reports received from supervisors, fire wardens and timber owners, such reports having been received from all but eighty-two of the 949 townships in the thirty-six counties comprising the forest fire district.

Michigan Forest Fires.

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Michigan Forest Fires.

At least three villages in Northern Michigan have been burned, thousands of acres of timberland have been devastated and damage to the amount of $200,000 has been caused by forest fires, whose spread has been greatly aided by the high winds. The villages are Case in Presque Isle county, Legrande, in Cheboygan county, and Wolverine. When the fire department of the last named town was engaged, a call for aid was received from Rondo, three miles north. The firemen could not leave Wolverine and throughout the morning Rondo was at the mercy of the flames. A hotel, several stores and houses, and the Michigan Central station were burned.