May 25, 1964

Fire Rages at Myles Standish State Forest

Region:
Southeast

On this day in 1964, a raging wildfire crossed the boundaries of Myles Standish State Forest, and into the town of Plymouth. Two days earlier flames had consumed 800 acres of the forest, but firefighters believed they had the blaze under control. On the 25th, the wind shifted, and with terrifying speed, the re-ignited fire moved from west to east, destroying everything in its path. It stopped only when it reached White Island Pond. Fifty-five hundred acres and 26 structures had been destroyed. This was the last of many large fires to ravage Myles Standish State Forest in the twentieth century. Since the 1960s, rapid development surrounding the Forest has led foresters to develop a new tool for preventing fires; they intentionally set them.

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