October 1871 – Worst Fires In US History

Most people have heard of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but there were much worse fires burning at that time. Thousands of people were killed by massive fires in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ontario. There were also huge fires burning in the Rocky Mountains.

14 Oct 1871, Page 2 – Harrisburg Telegraph at Newspapers.com

The worst of these fires occurred at Peshtigo, Wisconsin, which killed more than 1,000 people.

The fire was fanned by a 12-mile wide “hurricane” which knocked many trees down and blocked escape from the city.

02 Oct 1872, Page 6 – Chicago Tribune at Newspapers.com

Minnesota was also on fire.

PRAIRIES IN FLAMES. – One Hundred and Fifty Miles Swept by Fire–Men, Women, and Children Fleeing for Their Lives–Immense Loss of Property of all Kinds. Several Towns Destroyed–Great Damage Occasioned–Loss of Life. – View Article – NYTimes.com

The 1871 fires were much worse than any recent fires. But one thing that hasn’t changed since 1871 is an obsession with imaginary climate change. Atmospheric CO2 was below 300 PPM at the time.

10 Jan 1871 – IMAGINARY CHANGES OF CLIMATE

If we could reduce CO2 levels to 300PPM, perhaps we could expect a return to the “safe climate” of 1871?

Read more at Real Climate Science

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    Kevin

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    Of course every fire now is always the worst evah. Just like every rain, wind and snow storm, it’s the worst evah. With the non-stop MSM coverage playing it up, it always appears worst.

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      Mjw

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      It has to be worse now because in 1871 it wasn’t on television.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    and back in 1871 there were no cars no air conditoners,no eletricity,no gas ranges,no airplanes it was a few years after the Civil War the NRA was born and we did’nt have any dumb enviromentalists groups which was at least a good thing for them

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    David Lewis

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    As I have said before, warming alarmists are poor students of history. Much of what they hold up as sure signs of climate change have happened before, and were often worse. This is not only true of the fires of 1871, the heat waves of the 1930’s.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    We here in Sisikiyou County and Scott Valley just got over a fire that came within 5 to 6 miles of the town of Etna where i live they even had a 747 and DC-10 drop on the fires and it was pretty busy all this time they even had a fire camp set up just a mile south of our town its just too bad they could’nt have gotten in some enviromental activists to help putting out the fires cuased by their own rediculous ideologies

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    stock

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    My own research, these deadly fires were caused by a meteorite barrage. Check it out.
    http://www.nukepro.net/2013/03/meteor-coincidence-methinks-not.html

    With all those midwest mega fires, what date and year did they occur?

    Manistee, MI October 8, 1871
    Holland, MI October 8, 1871
    Urbana, IL October 9, 1871
    Windsor, Ontario October 12, 1871
    Breckenridge, MN October 3, 1871

    10 Fires around
    Peshtigo, WI October 7, 1871
    Canal street, IL October 7, 1871
    Chicago Fire October 8, 1871

    Massive meteor found in Washington County, WI 1871

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