Great Sayward Fire


GREAT SAYWARD FIRE burned out of control on VANCOUVER ISLAND for 6 weeks in July‚ÄďAug 1938. It began 5 July in tinder-dry conditions when sparks from a train ignited a pile of logs at a LOGGING camp operated by BLOEDEL, STEWART & WELCH northwest of CAMPBELL RIVER. As the blaze grew, all available young men in the district and 211 unemployed men brought in from VANCOUVER were put to work trying to stop it. Naval vessels waited off Campbell River and prepared to evacuate the residents, but the...

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