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SUMMARY OF 1907 FIRES.
Amount Acreage of Damage
$110 927 6,825 1,233
COLLEGE OF A AGRICULTURE
FOREST FIRES OF 1908.
Not for many years have the conditions of the forests been so favorable for starting fires, as during the season of 1908, which will go down in history as the driest year of modern times. The dry season began early in May and extended until October 27, during which period there was not more than three weeks when forest fires would not run.
The greatest precaution was used by the Forestry Department, the forest fire lookout stations on the tops of several of the highest mountains in the State were manned early in the season, and the equipment put in good working order. The force of 200 or more wardens was put at work, or at least instructed to keep in readiness for work in case a fire should break out. Whenever it was deemed necessary additional wardens were appointed and men pressed into service.
The chief wardens had their instructions to keep the closest watch of the situation and to act at once, and no time was lost in getting the forest fire service in good working order. The position of chief warden requires men of business ability and good judgment and Maine has been fortunate in having men of that stamp to fill the places, men who have accepted the positions, not from what there was in it from a financial standpoint, but for the good of the cause and to save the forests. Numbered among our chief wardens are men who have the greatest interest in forest protection, have labored for weeks during the long and trying period of drought and have not collected or asked one cent for their services. It is to such men as these coupled with the excellent service of most of the deputy wardens that has aided to a great extent in the success of the service which will never be given a harder test than in 1908.