On this day: the Great Fire of 1910

On the 20th of August, 1910, strong winds stirred up small fires in drought-stricken North America, creating a catastrophic situation. The fires combined into a major wildfire that burnt for two days, destroying approximately three million acres across northeast Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana.

Wallace Idaho 1910 fire

Wallace, Idaho. One third of the town was destroyed.

Eighty-seven people were killed, including an entire twenty-eight man crew of firefighters who became known as the “Lost Crew”.

St Joe Idaho Fire 1910

Little North fork of St. Joe River, Idaho after the 1910 fire.

Entire towns were destroyed, and the smoke from the fire travelled as far away as New York State. The fire was extinguished when a cold front blew in, bringing steady rain.

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