It's been almost three months since our last Blog post and new content announcement. After several years of successfully posting from 1-3 Blog announcements each month, the many events from mid-September until now, including the north bay fires, have resulted in delays. We do hope to post several new stories before the end of this year, including a look at the 1964 Hanly fire in Sonoma and Napa counties. Marin County send mutual aid resources back then, as was done on a much larger scale for the Tubbs and other fires in the region this fall.
In our Hanly fire feature, you'll learn, for example, about firefighters from Novato FD helping save a hospital chock full of 250 patients in Sonoma County, with help from San Quentin Prison inmate firefighters, among others. Accompanied by a brief film shot by the California Highway Patrol in 1964, this story is coming soon.
For now, with thanks to Judy Coy and the San Anselmo Historical Museum, we are sharing the oldest known photo of a major forest fire in Marin County, along with the story. This fire roared on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais over 126 years ago.
Our Blog announces new site content, and gives the context of the topic and it's relationship to fire service history. Written by Bill Lellis & Paul Smith