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Notable Fires on the Oregon Coast

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1845-1855: Forest fires propelled by unusually hot, dry conditions marked this entire ten year period. This was the most destructive period on the Coast Range Mountains by fire in recorded history.

1850: Native Americans told stories of a huge forest fire that ravaged the Upper Coquille River area during this year. Part of the “decade of fire” noted above, this appears to be the largest and most destructive of the numerous burnings.

1868: The town of Port Orford was destroyed when a forest fire jumped over the town boundaries.

1914: A large fire in the Bandon waterfront led to the destruction of three city blocks. The first was most likely caused by a faulty chimney in a restaurant on the wharf. Click here for additional information on this fire.

1922: Marshfield was partially destroyed by a wildfire. (Today, Marshfield is known as Coos Bay.)

1933: An immense forest fire, now known as “The Tillamook Burn,” consumed almost a quarter million acres of forested land along the North Coast. Additional burns followed in the same area in 1939, 1945 and 1951.

1936: The town of Bandon was virtually destroyed by a massive coastal fire.

Related Information: Wildfire

Photo credit: Tillamook County Pioneer Museum

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