1900 - Two Miles of Flame at Ware.
A forest fire which started near the Charles Gould farm at the foot of Warren hill in Ware, about noon yesterday, spread in a few hours to such an extent that the entire hill south of the town was in flames. A high wind was blowing all the afternoon and drove the fire along through the brush on the side of the hill until it reached the wooded section of the summit, when it burned furiously. Fire Warden Elmer Barnes collected a squad of men early in the afternoon to prevent the spread of the blaze to the farm buildings in that vicinity, and in this he was successful. Early in the evening the fire on the hill-top had not abated, and about 7 o'clock the fire alarm was rung to call out the fire department and volunteer aid. The line of flame, which could not be seen in the afternoon owing to the heavy smoke, was lurid through the darkness and extended, with occasional breaks, for almost two miles. It is not possible as yet to estimate the damage done, but the destruction of the wood cut and piled and the injury to standing timber will make the loss a large one. By 9 o'clock the fire seemed well under control, and was still burning among the brush and cord-wood piled on the hill.
Springfield Daily Republican
April 27, 1900
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