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Incident Name:  Peshtigo
Date: 10/8/1871
Personnel: between 1200 and 2400 lives lost
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Agency/Organization: volunteers
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Summary: On the evening of October 8, 1871 the worst recorded forest fire in North American history raged through Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, destroying millions of dollars worth of property and timberland, and taking between 1,200 and 2,400 lives. (from The Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871)

 

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