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Title Ruby Wild's account of forest fires in Northwest Montana in 1940
Catalog Number 1996.012.006
Object Name Manuscript
Scope & Content Ruby Wild's account of forest fires in Northwest Montana in 1940

Ruby Wild was niece of Sam (Samuel T.) Billings District Ranger at West Fork District, Bitterroot National Forest, from 1939 until he retired in 1954. He died in Hamilton in 1986.

June 17, 1940 Letter - Wild describes a visit to a forest fire east of Nezperce Pass in Idaho, in the Selway-Bitterroot Primitive Area, probably on the Bitterroot National Forest. Likely going to the fire with Ranger Sam Billings. With a meal packed, the young rangers stopped to catch a fish for their meal. Stopped to visit with Ranger and Family at the Deep Creek Ranger Station. Stopped at the cook-house and picked up doughnuts.

June 25, 1940 - letter handwritten - A big fire started in the Idaho Mountains on June 21, 1940 and all available men are being sent to the fire 120 miles to Paradise. 150 Civilian Conservation Corps men and 50 regulars were sent, arriving at the fire 2AM and then hiking until 8 am to reach the fireline. Another fire started on the Salmon Slope requiring a hike to 35 miles to the fire. Wild mentions a fire at Dead Horse Creek several years ago where the entire camp burned up.

Forest Fire 1940 Description - Monday - Fire is 3.5 miles from the West Fork Ranger Station. Started by a cigarette. 400 acres on Monday. Wild describes the Fire Camp supplies needed and how the cook's setup and feed the fire crews. Tuesday evening the fire is under control.

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Creator Wild, Ruby B.
Year Range from 1940
Year Range to 1940
People Billings, Sam
Sutliff, Clarence
Subjects Fire
Bitterroot NF
Food Service
Civilian Conservation Corps
Food service
Search Terms Fire
Fire Crews
Food Service & Kitchen Equipment
Catalog date 2005-03-21
Extent of Description 11 pages, letter size
Collection Nousanen, Arne