02/01/10 124 W, 1 I - + 5 - 6 Vance County Fire Train, 1970

In early 1970, a series of brush fires challenged crews along a seven-mile stretch of railroad tracks, from the Henderson town limits to the Granville county line. Eight to ten fires were apparently started by a passing train. Firefighters loaded apparatus on flatcars to reach the fires, which burned areas some 100 to 500 feet from the tracks. Crews came from Henderson, Bear Pond, Kittrell, and Vance County fire departments. They were assisted by Forestry Service and railroad personnel. Vance County Fire Chief Ranger Wilkerson took this photo that appeared on the cover of the March-April 1970 issue of Hose & Nozzle. What other train-based suppression has been done around the state, in days of past? Click to enlarge:

Hose & Nozzle photo

Talk about water supply being an issue.
KOM - 02/01/10 - 16:45

Hey Mike, I see you reference Hose & Nozzle often. Is this a publication that is active?
AP - 02/01/10 - 19:50

Negative, it apparently ceased publication in the mid 1970s. Read more http://www.legeros.com/ralwake/photos/we..
Legeros - 02/01/10 - 21:37

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