Wildfires are one of the most common natural disasters in the United States. While they’ve historically been thought of as being more prevalent in the West, you can actually find them everywhere from the Midwest to the East Coast. Once a fire gets started, it can spread quickly, fueled by everything from dry vegetation, to sparks from passing cars, to old tires or furniture.
The Rattlesnake Fire is one of the largest fires in U.S. history, according to the United States Forest Service and CalFire. The fire, which broke out in July of 2018, has burned over 500,000 acres, making it one of the deadliest and largest blazes in California’s history. The fire is still active, and more than 60,000 people have been evacuated from the affected area.
South Canyon Fire
The South Canyon Fire is the largest wildfire outbreak in California history. The blaze prompted mandatory evacuations in and around the city of Redding and has resulted in at least 13 deaths. The fire has also forced thousands from their homes. Have you ever looked at the map of your county or city and realized how far the evacuation zone is from your home? Maybe the wildfire alert is in Anaheim, but you live in Bakersfield.
2011 Texas Wildfire Season
The 2011 Texas wildfire season was one of the deadliest and most destructive on record. Texas experienced the worst drought in its history, which exposed millions of acres of land to intense wildfires. More than 1,600 homes were destroyed in Texas, and more than 600 people were injured. August and September were the months with the most fire fatalities and damage. These wildfires contributed to the worst air pollution in Texas history. On average, 26 people died, and 1,400 homes were destroyed each year in Texas from 2000 to 2010. The 2011 Texas wildfire season may be one of the worst wildfire seasons in US history, but it’s far from the deadliest.
Mann Gulch Fire
The Mann Gulch Fire one that shook the entire state of Colorado. It started on June 20th, 2017, and is the largest wildfire in the state’s history. The blaze burned over 900,000 acres, destroyed 450 buildings, and killed two people. This fire and the destruction it caused is incontrovertible proof that wildfires can do more than burn down buildings. They can burn people down, as well.
The Cloquet Fire, one of the worst wildfires in United States history, has reportedly burned over 400,000 acres and led to the deaths of two people. An investigation is still underway to determine the cause, and officials are still unsure of the severity of any damage. The Cloquet Fire has been a fast-moving blaze, with flames moving at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. It was declared a Federal Disaster Area by President Trump.
The Great Michigan Fire
The Great Michigan Fire is one of the largest wildfires in American history. On July 22, 2018, it began in eastern Michigan and quickly spread to over 142,000 acres. The fire was started by a lightning strike, and it quickly spread due to dry weather and high winds. On July 29, the fire was 100% contained. It was estimated that the fire caused over $4 billion in damage.
On Sunday, August 26, 2018, the Esperanza Fire started roughly 10 miles east of Santa Clarita, California. The fire spread quickly through dry brush and brush-like grass, burning more than 50,000 acres in less than 36 hours.
Murphy Complex Fire
The devastating Murphy Complex Fire, which prompted the evacuation of more than 15,000 residents in and around the town of Wrightwood, California, is one of the deadliest wildfires in US history. The blaze has since been contained, but thousands of people are still displaced.
The Great Fires of 1947
The Great Fires of 1947 was one of the most destructive fires in American history, killing about 180 people and destroying over 4,000 homes and 10,000 businesses. It burned 1,000,000 acres and cost $100,000,000. The fires started in Washington state and spread across the country.
The Coyote Fire
The Coyote wildfire is one of the worst wildfires in U.S. history, and California has been hit hard in recent memory. The state had more than 1,900 fires in 2018, and 83 per cent of the wildfires were caused by humans, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.