Early in July one or two light electrical storms occurred unaccompanied by rain and these storms set widely scattered fires over the region. One of these fires smouldered three weeks on Hilda Creek before showing up and then burst out into a severe crown fire that covered about seventy-five acres before being controlled. Hovey Polleys, son of E. H. Polleys of Missoula, was struck by a falling tree on this fire and almost instantly killed.

-  excerpt from the narrative of Roy A. Phillips from http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/projects/1910-centennial/accounts/narrative-by-roy-a-phillips.pdf




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