From Ross Swanson

>Tragedy: 1918 Cloquet, Minn. fire
> Date: October 12, 1918
> Total fatalities: 453

The Cloquet Fire was one of the most destructive and deadly wildfires ever in the United States!  The uncharacteristically dry summer of 1918, together with the slash left behind by the wood cutters, created the perfect circumstances for a massive blaze. Some 52,000 homes were destroyed and 38 towns and villages were lost to the fire. The fire also claimed the lives of 453 people and hundreds of thousands of livestock, dealing a huge blow to the farming communities in the area.