“the largest blaze in state history “

The Associated Press says 1.2 million acres of grassland fires in Texas in 2024 is larger than a ten million acre forest fire in 1903.

“STINNETT, Texas (AP) — Wildfires may have destroyed as many as 500 structures in the Texas Panhandle, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday, describing how the largest blaze in state history scorched everything in its path, leaving ashes in its wake.

Texas officials warned that the threat was not yet over. Higher temperatures and stronger winds forecast for Saturday elevated worries that fires in the Panhandle could spread beyond the more than 1,700 square miles (4,400 square kilometers) already chewed up this week by fast-moving flames.”

Gov. Abbott says Texas wildfires may have destroyed up to 500 structures | AP News

TimesMachine: November 22, 1903 – NYTimes.com

National Fire News | National Interagency Fire Center

The 1903 Fire came a few weeks after large scale flooding in the eastern US

14 Oct 1903 – FLOODS IN AMERICA. – Trove

Weather Underground has taken the big lie even further.

“Texas Wildfire Now Second-Largest In U.S. History”

Cheyenne, WY 10-Day Weather Forecast | Weather Underground

During February 1898 three million acres burned in South Carolina and there were much larger fires in Colorado later in the year.

This week in 1898, the United States, Australia and New Zealand were all experiencing massive forest fires. Three million acres of the Carolinas burned in just a few hours – in the middle of winter. Later that year the northwest quadrant of Colorado was on fire.

12 Feb 1898 – TERRIBLE BUSH FIRES. – Trove

12 Feb 1898 – NEW ZEALAND. – Trove

12 Feb 1898 – THE TASMANIAN BUSH FIRES. – Trove


12 Feb 1898 – HEAVY RAINS. – Trove

12 Feb 1898 – MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS. – Trove

Broken Hill Climate, Weather By Month, Average Temperature (Australia) – Weather Spark

12 Feb 1898 – VICTORIAN FIRES. – Trove

12 Feb 1898 – TASMANIAN BUSH FIRES. – Trove

11 Feb 1898 – NEW ZEALAND. – Trove


San Francisco Call 27 August 1898 — California Digital Newspaper Collection

25 Aug 1898 – FOREST FIRE IN FRANCE. – Trove

San Francisco Call 27 April 1898 — California Digital Newspaper Collection

03 Oct 1898 – FOREST FIRES IN AMERICA. – Trove

Los Angeles Herald 14 August 1898 — California Digital Newspaper Collection

08 Feb 1898 – THE FIRE FIEND. – Trove

San Francisco Call 27 April 1898 — California Digital Newspaper Collection

The Aspen Daily Times June 30, 1898 — Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

Los Angeles Herald 23 July 1898 — California Digital Newspaper Collection

Los Angeles Herald 31 July 1898 — California Digital Newspaper Collection

Wildland Fire: History Timeline | U.S. National Park Service

22 Feb 1898, Page 3 – The Semi-Weekly Messenger at Newspapers.com

The massive fires of 1898 burned well into November, making the fire season at least nine months long.

“Reports from the western portion of Colorado continue to tell of the ravages of the forest fires which bid fair to devastate the greater part of the forests of the state.”

The Colorado Daily Chieftain October 1, 1898 — Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

Fort Collins Courier October 6, 1898 — Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

Herald Democrat October 2, 1898 — Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

TimesMachine: September 30, 1898 – NYTimes.com

TimesMachine: October 3, 1898 – NYTimes.com

The Colorado Transcript November 9, 1898 — Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

Oregon recorded their record temperature of 119F twice during the summer of 1898. This years’s “record” heatwave topped out at 118F.

What is the hottest temperature ever recorded? | kgw.com

San Francisco Call 9 November 1898 — California Digital Newspaper Collection

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15 Responses to “the largest blaze in state history “

  1. Disillusioned says:

    Wildfires may have destroyed as many as 500 structures in the Texas Panhandle, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday, describing how the largest blaze in state history scorched everything in its path, leaving ashes in its wake.
    — Sean Murphy and Jim Vertuno

    Look at that sentence. Did Governor Abbott actually refer to it as the largest blaze in state history? Or what a couple of AP yellow-journalist presstitutes added?

  2. oeman50 says:

    The AP, “Liar, liar, pants on fire.”

  3. Terry Shipman says:

    Good catch. After reading your comment I went back and reread this AP article in this morning’s Arkansas-Democrat Gazette. Governor Abbott was not quoted in quotation marks as saying that. So it seems to be the misleading interpretation of the AP reporters.
    The very LAST two paragraphs of the AP article was a direct quotation that put a different perspective on the situation:

    Jeremiah Kaslon, a Stinnett resident who saw neighbors’ homes destroyed by flames that stopped just on the edge of his property, seemed prepared for what the changing forecast might bring.
    “Around here, the weather, we get all four seasons in a week,” Kaslon said. “It can be hot, hot and windy and it will be snowing the next day. It’s just that time of year.”

    • Disillusioned says:

      I don’t think he said it either. The clever way they worded it, they were practically commanding the reader to make that inference.

  4. arn says:

    The closer we get to (Agenda) 2030 the more “desasters” we will get.
    They won’t be real desasters but off the mill stuff sold under a different name.

    The real evil thing is that pretty much any other period in history had way worse weather events, yet they are able to paint this calm climate period as ultimate desaster.

      • arn says:

        I love the orwellian language –
        calling disastrous unreliables good energy.
        (and google AI has exposed what the former do -no – evil company really is)

        On the one hand it is interesting how well organized the green private-Jet Wall Street Oligarchy (that neither lives near solar farms nor windmills or any other good energy utopia , but in front beach properties) is
        and that Hollywood is still considered a main propaganda tool
        (thats how Edgar J Hoover called it) by the deep state.

        On the other hand I do not understand why they do it,
        as billionaire owned Hollywood has always been a green communist woke shithole ,which means they already have the green billionaires and will will promote this crap anyway.
        Hollywood has always been 100% pro big globalist narrative, whatever the narrative is.

        This is like paying a fish to swim in the water or Weinstein to rape women – they will do it anyway.

        So – why the waste of money?
        Is the real reason related to tax evasion or has Hollywood started to lose so much money that they have to keep this propaganda unit afloat that way?

  5. Isn’t 100 miles square 100x100x640=6.4 million acres?

  6. Conrad Ziefle says:

    Even high temperatures at this time are not anywhere as high as summer temperatures, nor is a drought anymore a drought than in summer. Do the dumb asses imply that fires know what season it is, and if it is 80F in spring, that it equals 120F in summer for fire hazard purposes? It’s the wind and probably also growth fed by recent rains.

    • Conrad Ziefle says:

      In studying our family history, I found a report by mygr-grandfather’s second wife, which was taken by state funded historians (funded to give people work) during the Depression. There in she described her family’s arrival in Oklahoma Territory around 1890. Droughts year after year that were so bad they could not grow crops or feed cattle. Family members took jobs, including joining the military, so they could pay taxes and keep their farm. Father would travel with horse and wagon to Eastern Oklahoma to cut wood and sell it in the city for fire wood at a $1.50 a wagon load. And the air was full of soot from prairie and forest fires that were occurring continually. This was about 1900 or so.

  7. Francis Barnett says:

    “Utility company says its facilities ‘appear to have been involved’ in start of Smokehouse Creek fire in Texas
    “Based on currently available information, Xcel Energy acknowledges that its facilities appear to have been involved in an ignition of the Smokehouse Creek fire,” the company said in a Thursday news release”


    I’ll bet you don’t see that on the lame-stream media news.

  8. Conrad Ziefle says:

    No, they would love to say that. In California, they blame every major fire on the electric utility, and they may be right- about how the fires started. But think about it. The transmission system is there day and night 24/7. The wilderness is much less exposed to careless campers. There are some intrinsic risks with electric transmission. Anyone with any smarts knows this. So we should expect a large number of fires to start from electric transmission. The issue is what do we do, what does government do with that knowledge? Basically, the government spends its time and the utilities’ dime on alternative energy purchasing and production, or giving power at a reduced rate to the underserving community, or hiring so many trans-linemen, I.e. they spend their time on all kinds of irrelevant stuff.
    The money should be spent on surveillance of the transmission system, on quick response systems, etc. All communities should have fire response plans, particularly remote communities. Things such as fire shelters, multiple escape routes, etc.
    The problem isn’t who started the fire, but who didn’t prepare for its inevitability. It’s mostly a government failure to provide the community services they are there to provide, and it falls at all levels: local, state, and federal governments.

    • arn says:

      Well , putting tranmission under the earth should solve the problem.

      One also have to consider that – the more green energy the more tranmission related fires.
      Due to the massive decentralization way more wire is needed to connect those low energy producing machines to the grid.

      • Conrad Ziefle says:

        Putting under the earth, is expensive, particularly when going through rock.

        • arn says:

          Yes – Iirc 3 * as expensive as the standard in Germany,iirc.

          But for regions with high risk it may be worth it electricity related fires are a real problem and cities are threatened to avoid Hawaiian scenarios.
          Now I do not know much about Geological stuff in California, but using movies,their long underground pipeline and tons of trees as reference there shouldn’t
          be too many problems if we do not dig too deep.

          But I just realised that California is kind of an earthquake zone, so it may not be a good Idea to go underground.

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