Fires Of 1910

This week in 1910, forest fires in the upper Midwest and Canada killed more than 1,000 people. The temperature at Forestburg, South Dakota on October 11, 1910 was 100 degrees. That year was one of only three years with temperatures over 100 degrees in the Midwest this late in the year.  The other two years were 1920 and 1947.

On October 7 a forest fire raged out of control across Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota, leveling everything in its path.

Baudette fire of 1910 – Wikipedia

23 Oct 1910, 6 – Monterey Daily Cypress and Monterey American at Newspapers.com

A few weeks earlier was the largest forest fire in US history, along the Idaho/Montana border.

The 1910 Fires – Forest History Society

March of 1910 was the warmest on record in the US and the snow melted very early, which led to the massive fires later in the year.

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1 Response to Fires Of 1910

  1. Dan Murphy says:

    Tony,
    According to the Federal Government’s National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), wildfires have burned 7.9M acres of land as of October 8. The average for the past 10 years is 6.4M acres, so about 20% above average.

    Meanwhile, as you’ve pointed out, this is nothing compared to the historical record. For 8 consecutive years from 1027-1934, over 40M acres burned each year, 5 times as much as this year. And every year from 1927-1955, more acreage burned than in 2020, well before man-caused CO2 emissions could be a factor.

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