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August 17, 2010 in Idaho
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Black troops of the 25th Infantry out of Fort Wright in Spokane were detailed to Avery to fight fire and to maintain order through the hectic days of the 1910 fire. As fires raged around the town, the soldiers partrolled to protect the residents and property in Avery. Ranger Debitt is on the far left.

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Fresh from the night train, firefighters eat breakfast and get ready to face the Setzer Creek fire burning northwest of Avery. Picked off the streets of Spokane or Butte, they came ill-dressed and poor equipped to fight fire.