- Item 100556 - Forest fire lane, MacMahan Island, 1957
- Contributed by Westport Island History Committee
- Item 100556
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Fire prevention advocates and a paper company united in 1957 on MacMahan Island to create defensible space between combustible natural vegetation and human structures.Show Details
Edwin Cromwell, a sawmill owner on Westport Island contracted with the Pejepscot Paper company to conduct managed clear cutting and to create a firebreak between summer cottages and the natural forest.
The operation took over a year. Loggers stayed on the island a week at a time in a cottage provided by a landowner, coming home to Westport on the weekends. Fred Blake, one of the Cromwell's logging crew did most of the cooking.