BBC news recently reported that there was a wildfire in Chile which killed almost 12 people and has now forced thousands to evacuate the place west of Santiago. It has now been declared a disaster zone and the president has assigned the evacuation duty to the army. Reporters claim that as the fire took over the city, it looked like the end of the world. America has been subject to wildfires from the start of the world, it appears. There have been so many cases of wildfires across the states that have left numerous people wounded and injured and acres of the cities left without electricity. This article will be giving a brief account of ten of the most damaging wildfires in the history of the United States and the damage that they left behind.
10. California Wildfires Source
We start with relatively the latest fires which struck in the year 2007 in the state of California. The terrible thing is that whenever it is the season of damaging wildfires (which falls somewhere around October) California seems to the on top of the hit list. The most notable things about the wildfires in California is that they can hold the record for causing the largest evacuation in the history of such fires: a total of 1 million people had to evacuate and nearly 1500 homes were totally destroyed due to the fires that spanned an area of around 500,000 acres.
9. Hinckley Fire Source
These fires happened in the year 1894 and are known to be one of the most ferocious attack by wildfires ever recorded in history. Some would think that the fires that covered an area of 200,000 acres and killed approximately 418 people lasted only for four hours.
8. Fire in Taylor Complex Source
Next in the list of the deadliest most damaging wildfires from US history we have the Taylor Complex fire that killed a whole lot of trees and happened in the year 2004. It is also known as one of the largest fires ever recorded since 1997. Spanning an area of almost 1,300,000 acres, the massive fire completely burned a forest that spawned over 6.5 million acres.
7. Cedar Fire California Source
This fire struck in the year 2003 and it happened in California as well. All the weather experts and environmentalists say that our excesses will eventually disrupt the whole system and we will see a lot of drought and dryness resulting in damaging wildfires and lack of water. The same happened in the year 2003 when the driest of summers and Santa Ana winds triggered the worst of fires. The worst from those fires were the Cedar Fire which consumed more than 280,000 acres of land.
6. Yellowstone’s Summer of Fire Source
This fire, which is reported to be the biggest wildfire to ever break out in the history of this park, happened in the year 1988 and consumed two million acres of land.
5. Cloquet Fire Source
This fire, the next one on our list of the most terribly damaging wildfires in the history of the US, killed as much as 500 people in one day as is known as the Cloquet fire of 1918. When it finally ended, the fire had scorched 250,000 acres of land causing as many as 52,000 people either injured or displaced. The cost of the damage amounted to 75 million dollars, such was the disaster.
4. Oakland Firestorm Source
The fire in Oakland happened in the year 1991 and as far as modern yet damaging wildfires goes, this one takes the prize. What is amazing is that the whole blaze started from just a small grass fire. This small grass fire expanded to 1,520 acres and destroyed almost 3,500 homes. The damage caused by the fire cost around 1.5 billion dollars.
3. Miramichi Fire Source
When we are talking about the damaging wildfires in North America, this one is probably the harshest. This fire that happened in New Brunswick was so strong that it almost reached the state of Maine. The fire killed almost 160 people and burned as much as 3 million acres of land. It is also said that people near the Miramichi river, waded the waters of the river for hours, waiting for the flames to die down. It is also said that it wasn’t only human who waded the waters but also animal including wildlife and livestock.
2. The Great Fire of 1910 Source
The next big fire on our list of the most damaging wildfires in the history of the US, we have the fire known also as the Big Burn for it burned 3 million acres of land. The fire left behind 87 people and most of the dead were sadly firemen. This is when the service men decided that they will fight all wildfires, even those that occur naturally and nothing could deter them.
1. The Great Fire of 1871 Source
This fire struck in the year 1871 right in spot as it was the prime season for the wildfire. It struck in the week that began on the 8th of October and ended on the 14th of October causing a hell lot of trouble for the residents of Upper Midwest. The most interesting and intriguing thing is that around the same, some of the harshest fires broke out all over the US and it literally seemed like the whole country was ablaze. In Chicago, the fire nearly destroyed 100,000 homes leaving the poor people homeless. The three others states that were ablaze were Michigan, Holland and Manistee.