Brattleboro, VT Wantastiquet Mountain Fire, Apr 1910


Fire on Wantastiquet Mountain.

A fire which started Saturday on Wantastiquet mountain, just across the Connecticut river from Brattleboro, raged all day yesterday and it is not probable that it can be stopped until it has burned itself out. The leaves and undergrowth are very dry and after the fire once got headway it was impossible to check it. The part of the mountain which is being burned over belongs to the Brattleboro retreat. When the conditions on the mountainside were realized all systematic attempt to put out the fire was abandoned. The mountainside has been burned over each spring for several years and there is nothing to burn, excepting the accumulation of last year. The annual burning over is destroying the newer growth, although the old trees are not much damage. The burnt tract presents a scene of desolation which the growth of one season cannot hide. Without the fires the mountain in a few years would be green and attractive again.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 18 Apr 1910