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October 1, 1953 H ' s I 9 «'oa^_ w> Km V A ca El J |||||P Fighting F arm and Field PIRES Extension Demonstrations Prepare Ranchers to Meet Threat to Range By LEO F. KLEFFNER Associate Valley County Extension Agent Sä, & •■JP! il ■ & x' : ,. ; ,v r. JM ;. < i> ||| : f m : » •ft 1? .y * > I 11» • *1 Wm Si K M H! A backfire properly planned, as is being demonstraled in Ibis picture, is one of the most effective means of controlling a range fire. (Kleffner photos) Valley County fire truck demonstrating technique of battling direct fir« line at Oswego demonstration. Carl Newlin is handling fire hose. HE 1953 growing season has been one that will be re membered a long time in Valley County and northeastern Montana. Some of the oldtimers who have been here since 1900 say that they have never seen the native grass as tall and plentiful as it is this year. Grass and weeds grew tall and lush along roadsides, in fence corners and all untilled areas, making an earthly paradise for livestock and wildlife of every kind. But this also means a record fire hazard. Many of us began to wonder just what would happen if a prairie fire got started after this vegetation matured. We remembered the large range fire in Phillips County in 1952 that burned over 15,000 acres before it was brought under control. Because interest and concern was great we organized a series of three fire fighting demonstrations. Result is that at least 175 farmers and ranchers in Valley and adjoining counties now have a first hand, practical knowledge of what to do if a fire should break out in their areas. Often they came great distances, as many of our ranchers are living in isolated areas where they have to depend entirely upon themselves and few neighbors in case a fire breaks out. Everyone co-operated to make the demonstrations a success. All types of equipment from modern fire trucks down to green boughs were used in teaching effective use of the three best tools for fire fighting—water, fire and soil. Here are a few of the fire fighting techniques that were shown at each of the demonstrations (Please turn to page 18) T i. * a- i jjUpfV V '''y'' :5 A I w "â A yy : : v, : ,< -■ A m . ■ i * r ' i m- ' Maurice Arnold. Valley County commissioner, bulldozes out a fire guard from which backfire be started. iCTHli MONTANA AND NORTHERN WYOMING ■ ■ •>. >v\ n ? ill y n iM r i m f, «8* ; ■■ àÆ fei#: ■: I • i George W. Gustafson, state coordinator of th« Montana Rural Fir* Fighters Service, starts one of the fire control demonstrations in Valley County with his talk on fire prevention. Note the lush growth of grass around the sound car and the range stretching away in the background 11 a potential fire hazard typical of most areas in Montana this fall. (Hinsdale Tribune photo) H SK&i A 4 WM rrwmmr-- ;■ ; ' m rmj % ft n / : m * 9 m Group of northeastern Montana farmers and ranchers gather around the sound at of the demonstrations.