Wildfire History: The deadliest fire took place in Wisconsin
Weather History: 1871 Peshtigo Fire
Book Trailer: The Great Peshtigo Fire
Peshtigo fire remembered 143 years later
The Peshtigo fire was a very large forest fire that took place on October 8, 1871, in northeastern Wisconsin, including much of the Door Peninsula, and adjacent parts of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The largest community in the affected area was Peshtigo, Wisconsin. It burned approximately 1,200,000 acres (490,000 ha) and was the deadliest wildfire in American history, with the estimated deaths of around 1,500 people, and possibly as many as 2,500.