Flame sweeps over a wide area in Forest Grove, Oregon. Heavy smoke rises from the forest area. Woodsmen on truck drive on the road. Worker trying to extinguish fire. Logs of wood burning.
Discussion of the Tillamook Forest Fire of 1933 in Oregon. Men cutting huge fallen tree with two-man saw. A man works on a Steam Donkey, dragging cut logs. The end of a log in flames. Lumberjacks try to put out the fire. A ranger spots smoke rising from the forest. A phone call being made and organized firefighting crews including the Civilian Conservation Corps respond to fight fire. CCC men cross a log bridge and climb steep hill into the forest. Other responders seen in mule trains. Forester atop a burned out telephone pole, where wire had been destroyed. Firefighters using wireless radios. Smoke rises from the forests. Smoke rises from the hill. Suddenly, wind changes and fire explodes. Views of the actual Tillamook Forest fire storm of August 1933. Two weeks later, rain suppresses the fire. View of firefighters using shovels, axes and other tools to dig fire line by hand, next to smoking underbrush. View of man holding a "Pulaski" tool, half axe and half hoe. Men looking over the aftermath of the Tillamook burn. Lumberjacks chopping a huge standing tree with axes. Cut logs suspended from cables, being moved.
Forester with backpack, hiking along trail. Firefighters suppressing small wild fires with hand tools.
Scenes of early Forest Ranger activities to fight forest fires. A circa 1910 photo of Fire Warden standing on observation post at top of extremely tall tree. A flag flies at the observation post. A tree House observation post on the top of a tall bare tree. A "wooden skyscraper"lookout tower. A fire warden and his family pose in front of their house at the base of a lookout tower in Arkansas. Lookout house built on a high peak in Willamette National Forest, Oregon. A tall steel tower lookout in the Suwanee forest, Georgia. A Ranger at an early lookout point, equipped only with a map and compass. Fire warden sights through a W.B. Osborne's fire finder and makes a telephone call. Observations from two ranger stations being plotted on a map and the intersecting lines give the exact location of area under fire.
The importance of roads and highways in the development of United States. A modern highway replaces the historic Oregon Trail in the Mount Hood National Forest near Portland in Oregon. A modern overland traveler pays tribute to the memory of a pioneer woman. The man gets off his car, walks to the grave and pays his respects.
Fire at a forest in Cochran, Oregon. People take the water hose to stop fire. Smoke rises. A man puts out the fire with water. People put sand on the fire.
"Century of Progress" Chicago World's Fair of 1933-1934. Bavarian-type building with sign reading: "The Black Forest." Visitors strolling through the area. A Hawaiian show performed by midgets, who play guitars while one dances the Hula. Midgets play a "craps" dice game on the street, with wagers of silver coins on the ground. Fair visitors watch. The game is broken up by midgets dressed as policemen.