Photos: Ten deadliest fires in U.S. history
The ongoing Black Forest fire in El Paso County has destroyed 483 homes at this writing, as well as killing two people -- and we're fortunate that the loss of life wasn't nearly great enough to land it on this Wikipedia's list of noteworthy wildfires. The page is an awful record of scorched land and the human cost that doesn't always correspond to acreage. Look below to see photos and Wiki text about the ten deadliest fires on the roster, with the number one blaze killing thousands and the tenth, which killed fifteen firefighters, taking place right here in Colorado.
Big photos below.
Number 10: South Canyon fire, Colorado: 2,115 acres, 1994
"The South Canyon Fire was a 1994 wildfire that took the lives of 14 wildland firefighters on Storm King Mountain, near Glenwood Springs, Colorado on July 6th, 1994. It is often also referred to as the 'Storm King' fire."
Wikipedia "View showing the West Flank Fireline, looking northeast across the West Drainage."
Number 9: Rattlesnake Fire, California: 1,300 acres, 1953
"The Rattlesnake Fire was a wildfire started by an arsonist on July 9, 1953 in Grindstone Canyon in Mendocino National Forest in California. The wildfire killed one Forest Service employee and fourteen volunteer firefighters from New Tribes Mission, and burned over 1,300 acres (5.3 km2) before being extinguished on July 11, 1953. It became a well-known firefighting textbook case."
Continue to keep counting down the ten deadliest fires in U.S. history.