Military Response to Disasters
Mount Tamalpias Fire, 10-13 July 1913

In July, 1913, a great forest fire started in the park and woods north of San Francisco, on the slopes of Mt. Tnmalpais, and threatened to destroy Mill Valley and a number of small towns. This fire finally got beyond all civilian control. About 2,000 Regular Army troops from San Francisco and about as many sailors and Marines from the ships in San Francisco Bay, were called out to fight the fire.
Then a call was.made for the California National Guard and the following units were called to active duty:

California National Guard:

California Naval Militia:

This history was completed in 1940 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in conjunction with the California National Guard and the California State Library.

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