artworkChildren's Forest Interpretive Trail


Bear Fire
first of five panels

Text in smoke clouds reads:

What started the fire? Maybe it was started by lightning.

Some say it was a campfire.

Maybe a bear was taking a stick home for his fire. A careless driver threw a cigarette that landed on the stick. The bear tried to throw the stick into the creek but it landed on a tree.

Once the fire started, fierce winds, up to 80 mph, spread it quickly.

The fire lasted for eleven days, burning 53,000 acres.