National Geographic : 1957 Feb
166 Fox River Waters, Diverted Through Paper-making Kaukauna, Flow to Green Bay Wisconsin leads the Nation in paper production. Its own forests thinned, it draws upon Canada and the northwestern U. S. Woodpiles in upper center feed mills of the Thilmany Pulp & Paper Company. sickly-yellow sky, shrugged, and went on. With a roar, the fire suddenly flashed across Peshtigo. A storm of sparks rained down as thick as blizzard snow. Men rushing down the street turned into human torches. Houses exploded in flames as if bombed. Scarcely pausing, the great fire, merging with others, leaped onward. Overnight the holocaust cut a searing swath through six counties, ravished 1,280,000 acres, and burned millions of pine trees. From such hammer blows and the steady inroads of careless cutting the forests of Wisconsin have never fully recovered. But today the lumber industry, abetted by paper mills and power companies, is striving heartily, and with growing success, to put its operations on a "sustained yield" basis.