Camp Fire in California is deadliest in America since 1918 Cloquet Fire

453 people died in the northern Minnesota fire 100 years ago.
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California is still burning, and the devastation is now at such a level that it's the deadliest wildfire in America since the 1918 fire in Cloquet, Minnesota.

The Camp Fire in California has destroyed the City of Paradise and is to blame for 77 deaths, a toll that could rise as 993 people remain missing in wake of California wildfires, according to CNN

An update from Cal Fire on Monday says the wildfire is 65 percent contained but is expected to continue to burn until Nov. 30, which is sickening news to hear after its already burned down more than 10,500 homes and charred 150,000 acres of land.  

The 77 killed by the Camp Fire makes it the deadliest wildfire the U.S. has had since the 1918 Cloquet Fire that killed 453 people in northern Minnesota. 

The Cloquet Fire burned 250,000 acres and destroyed 36 towns and villages, including Cloquet, a town of 8,000 people at the time, according to the Minnesota Historical Society.

Eighty-five others were badly burned and 2,100 more were injured in the wildfire, in addition to destroying 4,089 homes, 6,366 barns and 41 school buildings. 

We needn't look back very far to see that very large wildfires still erupt in Minnesota. 

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In 2011, the Pagami Creek Fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area started from a lightning strike and it spent the next month burning a 92,682 acres. 

And in 2007, the Ham Lake Fire scorched 75,000 acres in Superior National Forest. 

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