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A dozer is the answer for Week 463 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country. Watch each day for another clue.

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Monday: First invented in about 1929

Tuesday: Lacked power at first

Wednesday: Steadily improved

Friday: Became an integral piece

Saturday: Used on area fires as soon as 1934

Monday: Different companies manufacture them.

Wednesday: Revolutionized road building

Thursday: It was 1944 when they had enough power for effective firefighting.

Friday: Heavy equipment

Saturday: A blade and tracks

Dozers were invented in about 1929, but lacked power to perform well. They steadily improved and became an integral part of wildland fire fighting and road building for logging. This piece of heavy equipment is specialized with a blade on the front and tracks instead of wheels. Dozers are produced by several manufacturers including 'CAT'. Those who have watched wildland fire fighter efforts are familiar with the way dozer operaters use the blade to cut a fire break ahead of the flames.

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