1937/4/23 Forest Crews In Rapid Gains on Fire Breaks
FAR EST CHEWS N FIREBREAKS Progress Shown on Front-Line Front-Line Front-Line Motorway; 200 Men Work Along 50-Mile 50-Mile 50-Mile Strip Rapid progress is reported on the 50-mile 50-mile 50-mile firebreak and front-line front-line front-line motorway motorway which will form a protective barrier along the foothill boundaries of San P.ernardino forest from the Upland district to San Gorgonio pass. Five news of WPA workers, operating operating between Devil canyon and Pevoi e, have cleared a path approximately approximately 2.(100 feet in length, H. W. Rarick, project superintendent announced. announced. Work was started Monday. Monday. Two hundred men are now on the project. More crews will be added in the near future, Mr. Rarick said. Probably 350 will be employed when operations are scattered out along the route. TWO CREWS NAMED One crew will be assigned to the western limits of the break, north of Upland, and will work east The present group, after clearing the path between Devore and Devil canyon, canyon, will work west, Mr. Rarick said. Work then will proceed along the foothills southeast to San Gorgonio pass with crews being stationed at strategic noints alone the way. The project is scheduled for completion , by June 30. The project calls for a path 200 feet in width, cleared of all brush, grass and boulders. Then the path will be "grubbed" or dragged clean of all vegetation and a road 12 feet in width graded along its outer edge. The road will facilitate the moving of forestry fire equipment in emergencies. PRIME IMPORTANCE Forestry officials regard this project project as of prime importance in protecting protecting the region's watershed and in preventing minor blazes originating originating in the lowlands from sweeping up the slopes and developing into disastrous forest fires. The project is sponsored jointly by the WPA and the forest service, the total cost, exceeding $56,000, being being used mainly for wages.