A hundred years ago Friday, several wildfires in northeastern Minnesota turned into a huge wall of flames that remains the state's deadliest natural disaster. The Cloquet Elk Lake fire began in the early hours of August 1, 1914 and covered more than 1.5 million hectares of woodland. The fire that swept through a New York sweatshop and killed 146 garment workers was the catalyst, according to the National Fire Protection Association. This major fire occurred in northern Minnesota and is still one of the deadliest natural disasters in US history.
After the Red Cross had provided sympathetic assistance to the victims of the Cloquet Elk Lake fire and their families, training in Elche Lake was resumed.
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The folding house built by the Red Cross for a family that survived the fire of 1918 but lost their home is on display. There is a historic marker that recalls the fire and its impact on Cloquet, Elk Lake and other surrounding communities. Learn more and read more, including stories of people who lived through the tragedy, read the Minnesota Historical Society Press, which appeared in 1990: "Cloquet Fire and Fire Damage: The Fire of 1918.
In 2016, the structural fires were the second most common cause of fire damage in Minnesota since the NFPA began collecting data in 1977. During the autumn drought season, numerous smaller fires broke out, but since 1925, state fire officials have mostly been able to stop them before they became catastrophic. Officers included officers from the Cloquet Police Department and Minnesota State Patrol, as well as firefighters from the Elk Lake Fire Department.
A huge fire exploded and swept through the town of Cloquet, burning everything that got in its way. After the fire subsided, more than 30 towns were destroyed, most of which burned to the ground or exploded, according to state fire records.
The Cloquet fire in Minnesota in the United States killed about 1,000 people on October 15, 1918. It was the worst natural disaster in Minnesota history, measured by the number of victims in a single day. The forest fire that broke out on or about October 14 and 15, 1918, caused about $1,000 in deaths, as the above statistics show. According to the NFPA, the fire caused $2.5 million in damage in Minnesota and $3.2 million in Wisconsin.
As the above statistics show, the forest fire that broke out on or around 15 October 1918 claimed about 1,000 lives. The Tubbs fire, in turn, was responsible for consuming an estimated 2,900 buildings in Duluth, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the city of Cloquet, Wisconsin. At the time, most of Dulles' economy was concentrated in the city's hotels and restaurants, which remained relatively untouched, and the damage they suffered was unlikely to have much impact on the economy, as the fire destroyed only a small part of downtown, not much more than a few buildings. A dry winter and spring, coupled with strong winds, favored the growth of a large number of new trees and shrubs on the northern shore of Lake Superior, an important water source for the region.
Firefighters' efforts were believed to have prevented the fire from reaching serious proportions, but the danger was real as winds of more than 60 km / h were recorded, adding huge fuel to the fires. On October 17, fires began again, mainly on the northern Michigan peninsula, and by October 19, six square miles had burned from the east. During the night, strong winds driven by fires south and southwest of Cass Lake had spread to the city and entered directly into the path of the flames. This took place in stumps left over from the timber harvest - the harvest of large pine forests in northeastern Minnesota.
The fire reached the northeastern edge of Duluth, but winds subsided before it reached the main town. On 10 October 1918, two men working on the railway side northwest of Cloquet saw a passenger train pass the siding and shortly afterwards discovered the fire burning in the grass and on piles of wood.
The Cloquet fire was a huge forest fire caused by a sparking of a local railway and dry conditions. The fire, often simply called "Cloquet Fire," was in fact a combination of fifty or more fires combined into a single event. It was named because it was the region where the damage was worst and because of its proximity to the state capital Duluth.
Initial reports of the fire circulated that it had been deliberately set off by enemy agents, but those rumors were later confirmed to be false. The Cloquet Fire is the highest death toll in the United States, based on the death toll of more than 450 people from a single spark-emitted fire in northern Minnesota. First, it was falsely reported that people died in both the Cloquette and Elk Lake fires in 1918. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the "Cloquet Fire" (Moose Lake Fire for short) caused more deaths than any other fire of its kind in Minnesota history and was classified by the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as one of the highest deaths in the country's history.