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Peshtigo fire

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Wisconsin's Peshtigo Fire

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Wildfire History: The deadliest fire took place in Wisconsin

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Weather History: 1871 Peshtigo Fire

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Book Trailer: The Great Peshtigo Fire

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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.
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