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Crook County area dealt with multiple fires during this week in 1926 and in 1971

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - July 8, 1971: Amos Madison, 9, used a 30-pound bow when he went fishing at Little Houston Lake June 23. His sharp shooting produced a catch of six carp which he proudly displayed for the camera. Amos, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Madison, joined the 4-H Crooked River Archers in February; he is also a member of the Ochoco Bow Hunters and shoots regularly at their range north of Prineville. Gary Madison instructs 22 4-H youngsters in the art of archery.95 years ago

July 8, 1926

Nine fires in the Ochoco National Forest this season are recorded in the local office of the United States forestry service to date, according to A. Donnelly, assistant supervisor and fire dispatcher for the forest. The total acreage burned is 19 acres, the fires being principally in the Snow Mountain district close to Burns, where it is extremely dry.

Of the nine fires Mr. Donnelly reports, four of them were caused by man and the remainder the result of lightning storms.

75 years ago

July 8, 1946

Seven young men, arrested here last week on charges of breaking into and damaging some cabins at the head of McKay creek, entered pleas of guilty in justice court here Tuesday afternoon. Justice of the Peace Percy R. Smith imposed $50 fines and six months jail terms on the seven men but suspended the jail sentences on condition that the men pay the cost of repairing the cabins and replacing damaged equipment.

50 years ago

July 8, 1971 The Prineville Fire Department answered three calls to fight grass fires over the Fourth of July weekend.

The first fire occurred at approximately 4:15 p.m. Friday on Laughlin Road. Two companies of city volunteer firemen and a unit from the State Forestry Department had the two-acre blaze under control within a half hour; they were on the scene for almost two hours to make sure all sparks were extinguished in the tinder-dry grass. Fire Chief Ted Adamson gave no definite reason for the blaze but suggested that it may have been caused by children. The fire burned within a few yards of several homes but caused no real threat to them.

25 years ago

July 9, 1996

One person was injured at Prineville Reservoir over the weekend, in a second boating accident, the driver was cited for reckless operation, and in a third incident, a boat was driven onto the rocky shoreline.

According to the Crook County Sheriff's report, Friday, a 20-year-old Tigard man was cited for reckless operation after his jet-ski type watercraft rammed into the rear of a boat driven by a 19-year-old Bend man at the Resort marina. Both boats were damaged, although neither man was injured.

On the same day, in a different part of the reservoir, a 13-year-old girl, riding on an inner tube being towed by a power boat suffered a broken collarbone after crashing into the water. No citations were issued.

Sunday evening, a Redmond man crashed his 18-foot boat into rocks along the shoreline of the Bear Creek arm of the reservoir.

The sheriff's report said the man told marine deputies the boat's throttle stuck and the boat rammed into the rocky shore. Gibson and his two passengers were not injured, and no citations were issued.

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