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THE FIRE BAKE

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Sep 14, 2015

In 1791 a hurricane swept over a part of Shade township, leaving much damage in its wake. At a place on Shade creek where the forest was extremely dense, a long strip of trees was blown down. This mass of timber was so twisted and matted together that the best way of clearing the ground seemed to be to burn the fallen timber where it lay. But in doing this, the heat from the fire baked the ground so hard that scarcely anything grew there for many years. This place was then called “The Fire Bake” or at times, “The Fire Brake”.

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