In about the year 1800, oral tradition holds that Native Americans set a huge forest fire that consumed as much as 250,000 acres in the area between Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, and present-day Centralia.
The fire may have been started by the Cowlitz tribe against the Nisqually tribe or its purpose may have been to bring rain during a year of drought.
James K. Agee, Fire Ecology of Pacific Northwest Forests (Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 1993), 57.
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