Drought desiccates and forest fires burn Pacific Northwest from June to October 29, 1868.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 10/29/2003
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 5581
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From June 1 to October 29, 1868, a drought desiccates the Pacific Northwest. Forest fires rage from British Columbia through Washington, Oregon, and California. Sailing ships report smoke more than 1,000 miles offshore.


J[ames] Willis Sayre, This City of Ours (Seattle: J. W. Sayre, 1936), 71; Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Yesterday, Today - Tomorrow Section, November 7, 1926, p. C-5.

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