From Our Files (Sept. 14, 2022)
September 14, 2022
Sept. 14, 1972
Harold (Jack) Roberts, his granddaughter Yvonne Slack (visiting from Walnut Creek, Calif.), and Ray Riggs left Sweet Home for a pack-in fishing trip near Detroit Lake. When they returned they found a small fire burning near a stump.
There, east of Tombstone Pass near Highway 20, the three fought fire for an hour before help arrived from nearby Iron Mountain Lookout Station.
A grateful Forest Service offered pay, which was refused. The three later received a letter of appreciation and a citation for Outstanding Achievement in Forest Fire Prevention through personal action.