List of fires

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This is a list of historic fires. Urban fires are the most numerous due to loss of life and property, but also included are lists of fires in individual structures, ships and other transportation, and mines. A few of the most important wildfires or forest fires are included, but this list is not the primary resource for the most severe wildfires, which is summarized in the List of forest fires.

Not in history has a modern imperial city been so completely destroyed. San Francisco is gone.

Jack London after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire[1]

Town and city fires[edit]

Building or structure fires[edit]

Transportation fires[edit]

Mining (including oil and natural gas drilling) fires[edit]

This is a partial list of fire due to mining: man-made structures to extract minerals, ores, rock, petroleum, natural gas, etc.

Forest and countryside fires[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ London, Jack (May 5, 1906). "The Story of an Eyewitness by Jack London". Collier's, the National Weekly. The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco. Retrieved August 29, 2006.
  2. ^ "New Straitsville Mine Fire". Ohio Historical Society. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  3. ^ Newett, George A. (1896). State of Michigan: Mines and Mineral Statistics (PDF) (Report). State of Michigan. p. 90. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  4. ^ "History". Welcome to the Borough of Throop: "A Great Place to Live". Throop, Pennsylvania: Borough of Throop. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  5. ^ Evander, Robert Ricci (September 18, 1986). "Mine disaster toll rises to 177". Glasgow Herald. p. 4.
  6. ^ "Forest fire, the largest in U.S. history, left stories of awe, tragedy". Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  7. ^ " Natural fires of the Summer 2010". Lenta.RU. Archived from the original on 15 November 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
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  9. ^ "BBC News – Swinley Forest fire 'largest in Berkshire's history'". BBC News. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  10. ^ "'Frightening' Galway blaze among 30 wildfires raging across Ireland". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  11. ^ United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) USDA Forest Service website.
  12. ^ DOF Dept. of Forestry Blog: "ODF Daily Fire Update - Monday, September 4, 2017."
  13. ^ KGW News "With Oregon on fire, where should you go, or avoid, this Labor Day Weekend?" 31 August 2017.
  14. ^ California, State of (December 6, 2018). "Camp Fire Incident Information". Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  15. ^ "Woolsey Fire Incident Update". Los Angeles County Fire Department. Retrieved November 22, 2018.

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