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Did you know…

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The natural fire cycle for local forest and brushland, without human interference, is every 10 to 15 years, but early American settlement accelerated the natural process in the Town of Truckee.

Closely built wooden homes and buildings, lumber mills, and the passing railroad all contributed, on at least one occasion, to a destructive blaze, when a spark from the wheel of a braking train ignited railside vegetation.

Regardless of the cause, seven extensive fires swept through Truckee in the first 10 years after the town was called Truckee in 1868.

And that doesn’t count the numerous arson fires and attempted acts of arson by American settlers against Truckee’s Chinatown.

Large fires forced the town’s red light district off the river in 1871, and two fires in 1875 and 1878-79 burned down Chinatown, forcing its residents to move south of the Truckee River.

Yet another fire in 1881 burned almost all of the business portion of Truckee, which the Placer Herald reported was “the fifth time that the business part of town has been burned.” During the intense blaze, the Herald reported, “brick buildings melted like wax.”

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