Friday, May 18, 2007

Ham Lake Fire Minnesota's Largest Fire in 89 Years

The question has come up - how does the Ham Lake Fire compare in size to other large fires in Minnesota history? According to Jean Bergerson, Information Officer, MIFC Grand Rapids, MN , the Ham Lake Fire is the fourth largest fire in the state's history and the largest fire in 89 years. Following is a list of the state's five largest fires:

Cloquet-Moose Lake Fire, October 10, 1918, 960,000 acres burnt- 453 Lives lost, 10,000+/- structures lost

Hinkley Fire, September 1, 1894, 350,000 acres burnt, 418 Lives lost, 5 towns destroyed

Baudette Spooner Fire October 7, 1910, 360,000 acres burnt, 2 towns destroyed

Ham Lake Fire May 5, 2007, 75,000 acres burnt (36,000 USA, 38,000 Canada)- 147 structures burnt (133-USA, 14- Canada)

Cavity Lake Fire July 14, 2006, 31,830 acres burnt

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