National Affairs: Fiery Mountains

Through the rich forests of six western States last week swept devastating fire. Lack of rain had made the vast timberlands ripe for flames. Suddenly, scattered fires in central Idaho came together, beat back firefighters, bore down on farms, ranches and towns. Two towns were razed as their inhabitants fled to the open country. Many fugitives stayed for hours up to their necks in mountain streams, caught pneumonia. Animals, wild and domestic, were burned to death running. The heat stirred up tornadoes that fanned the flames to fresh heights. Mining camps were leveled,...

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