The Peshtigo Fire • Earth.com

Last update: November 19th, 2019 at 11:00 am

The Peshtigo Fire

The deadliest fire in recorded history struck Peshtigo, Wisconsin in 1871, killing between 1,200 and 2,500 people. The fire gained momentum when smaller fires were fueled by dry conditions and winds that reached over 110 miles per hour. The disaster destroyed 12 communities and 1.2 million acres.

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