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Looking Back at Some of the Country's Most Destructive Wildfires

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The Smokehouse Creek Fire currently burning in Texas is now distinguished as the fifth-largest wildfire to ever tear through the U.S., having scorched through over 1 million acres so far.

It is clear that this event will go down in the history books as one of the most significant wildfires to impact not just Texas, but the U.S. as well. Here is a look at some of the other most notable wildfires to burn across the country.

The Great Fire of 1910 - Idaho and Montana

The distinction of the biggest wildfire on record in the U.S. goes to The Great Fire of 1910, a blaze that tore through portions of both Idaho and Montana.

The fire happened during a time of extreme drought for the region, started by coal locomotives on the morning of August 20. Hurricane-force winds were able to whip up the smaller fires into one bigger blaze that burned millions of acres in a period of just a few days.

The monster inferno destroyed entire towns, sucking up trees and using them as "flying torches," according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). There were 86 fatalities blamed on the fire with most of the victims being fire crews working on the front lines.

The Great Fire of 1910 was credited to new policies regarding forest management. The drought that summer was a contributing factor to over 20 million acres being burned in the Northwest.


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