The spring and early summer of 1944 was hot and dry, conditions that we are experiencing now. The poem by W.D. Albright is as true today as when it was written. The methods and resources we have now to fight fires are very much improved, as indicated by the article “Beware of Grass Fires,” where the tools that should be at hand were rakes, shovels, and brooms. Two men from South Wapiti were victims of fires in that area, ironically, while they were away fighting fires.
Researched & written by Kathryn Auger