1970: Training to stop forest fires with Canada's Junior Forest Wardens

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Young fire wardens train in Canada in 1970
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Young fire wardens train in Canada in 1970

A camp on Blue Lake.

(Photo via Provincial Archives of Alberta)

Wardens ascend a lookout tower.

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Wardens make observations from a lookout tower.

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Wardens practice firefighting techniques.

(Photo via Provincial Archives of Alberta)

An instructor demonstrates how to measure a tree.

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A warden in training inspects a tree.

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A warden identifies plants.

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Wardens examine a map during orienteering training.

(Photo via Provincial Archives of Alberta)

A warden scans the horizon for signs of fire.

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Wardens examine an animal skull.

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A warden inspects a tree.

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Wardens practice life-saving skills on Blue Lake.

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Wardens canoe on Blue Lake.

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In 1929, Canadian magazine Forest and Outdoors published a story about how two young boys had spotted a small fire on British Columbia's Bowen Island and helped a forest ranger to extinguish it.

Young readers of the magazine wrote in, asking how they could emulate the heroes of the story. This response motivated the Canadian Forestry Association, which published the magazine, to establish the Junior Fire Warden program to teach youths about forest fire prevention.

The program enrolled hundreds of boys from ages 6 to 18, and expanded its lessons to broader wilderness leadership, survival and conservation, changing its name to the Junior Forest Wardens and slowly spreading to numerous chapters across Canada.

These photos from the Provincial Archives of Alberta follow a group of the red-shirted young wardens as they train near Blue Lake, Alberta in August 1970.

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