In the September/October 2018 edition, the NFPA Journal remembers the 100th anniversary of Minnesota’s chaotic and deadly Cloquet fire.
Starting on October 12, 1918, the wildfire would tear through 35 towns, leaving thousands of structures destroyed and nearly 560 fatalities in its path.
The article shares newspaper reports of the time that paint the tragic picture of people trying to escape the flames and the fire’s wild aftermath.
As a reminder for us all today, the Journal shares that, “An article published by NFPA in January 1919 pointed to a lack of preventative measures, such as creating firebreaks by clearing vegetation and plowing, which contributed to the fire’s devastation."
Catch the full article here in the September/October NFPA Journal.