• Short Summary

    HIGH WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY AIDED SPREADING FIREST FIRES IN THREE WIDELY SEPARATED AREAS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SEPT 3.

  • Description

    HIGH WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY AIDED SPREADING FIREST FIRES IN THREE WIDELY SEPARATED AREAS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SEPT 3.

    THE LARGEST AND MOST SPECTACULAR BLAZE BROKE OUT THE PREVIOUS DAY, WHEN A CARELESS MOTORIST TOSSED A LIGHTED CIGARETTE INTO WOODLAND ALONGSIDE THE MAIN ROUTE INTO SAN FRANCISCO FROM SACRAMENTO. THE RESULTANT BLAZE CONSUMED MORE THAN 83-THOUSAND ACRES BEFORE BURNING ITSELF OUT AT THE MOUTH OF THE SACRAMENTO RIVER. TWELVE BURNING HOMES, MANY VALUABLE CATTLE AND STORAGE SHEDS WERE DESTROYED AS FIREMEN FOUGHT IN VAIN TO CONTROL THE BLAZE.

    THREE TINY MINING COMMUNITIES WERE THREATENED IN ANOTHER OUTBREAK. THE TOWN OF DRYTOWN WAS SAVED WHEN CREWS OF MEN TOTALLING MORE THAN 400 FINALLY RINGED IT WITH CONTROL LINES. IT BURNED THROUGH 23-THOUSAND ACRES, AND LATE ON SEPT 23 WAS REPORTED STILL OUT OF CONTROL
    THE MOST SERIOUS OUTBREAK WAS IN ELDORADO COUNTY, WHERE AIRCRAFT LOADED WITH BORATE BOMBED A RUNAWAY FIRE THAT CONSUMED MORE THAN EIGHT THOUSAND ACRES OF BRUSH AND STANDING TIMBER. AT LEAST EIGHT HOMES WERE DESTROYED, AND THE TOWN OF SPANISH FLAT WAS GUTTED.

    SO AFAR 115-THOUSAND ACRES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, AND DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2ZC466Q4ZTHBN9WJYYWR63DYW
    Media URN:
    VLVA2ZC466Q4ZTHBN9WJYYWR63DYW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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