8th October 1871: The Peshtigo Fire - the deadliest wildfire in recorded history
Wisconsin's Peshtigo Fire
Remembering the Peshtigo fire 150 years later
Weather History: 1871 Peshtigo Fire
Remembering the Miracle of the Great Peshtigo Fire and the Anniversary of the Apparition of the Virg
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.