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120th Anniversary of Yacolt Burn plus Smokey Bear! (Photo) - 09/22/22

AMBOY, WASHINGTON – North Clark Historical Museum is in upper Amboy at 21416 NE 399th St. in the renovated 1910 United Brethren Church. The Museum incorporated in 1988 and opened to the public in June of 2000. 

The Yacolt Burn in September of 1902 was the largest recorded fire in the state of Washington until 2014, when the Carlton Complex fire in Okanogan County became the largest. The raging inferno lasted for three days from September 11th to the 13th.  Day turned into night, ashes and pine needles fell from the sky, humans and animals fled, and the fire destroyed everything in its path!

The exhibit will be available for viewing September 24th, and a program will begin at 2:00 pm with Chuck Whitten, past DNR employee and retired surveyor.  Chuck will talk about the vanishing section corners and other stories related to the Yacolt Burn. A fire truck and Smokey Bear will make an appearance from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Come on by and say Hi to Smokey!

The museum is wheelchair accessible and has air conditioning. Admission is free.  Donations are welcome.

Quilt raffle tickets will be available for “Wild Flowers”, a beautiful quilt made by the Chelatchie Quilters. Tickets are $1.00 each.  This is our annual fundraiser, and proceeds will go to the Capital Improvement Fund.

For more information, please contact 360-247-5800 and leave a message or email



The North Clark Historical Museum was founded in 1988 and is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. The doors were opened in June of 2000. Mission Statement:   To preserve North Clark County’s natural and cultural history through collections and exhibits, and to sponsor educational programs and research opportunities for the enrichment of the public. 


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