Added on: 20th Jun 2015
THE MOUNT CARMEL FOREST FIRE
The 2010 Mount Carmel forest fire, also known as “The Carmel Disaster,”
was a deadly forest fire that started on Mount Carmel in northern Israel,
just south of Haifa. More than seventeen thousand people were evacuated,
including those from several villages in the vicinity, and there was
considerable property and environmental damage. After raging for four
days, the fire was contained on December 5, having burned thousands
of acres and killed forty-four locals.
THE GREAT MATHESON FIRE
The Great Matheson Fire was a deadly forest fire that passed through
the region surrounding the communities of Black River-Matheson and
Iroquois Falls in Ontario, Canada, on July 29, 1916. According to official
estimations by the local police departments and hospitals more than
273 people died in the catastrophic fire that burned half a million acres
in one of the most disastrous wildfires in Canadian history.
THE 2007 GREEK FOREST FIRES
The 2007 Greek Forest Fires lasted on and off for three months
(from June to September) and were the worst in southern Europe
for the past fifty years. A total of 670,000 acres of forest, olive groves
and farmland were destroyed—an incredibly high number if one takes
into account the small size of the country - along with one thousand
houses and 1,100 other buildings and ruins. Ninety-one people
including many firefighters lost their lives to this catastrophe.
THE GREAT HINCKLEY FIRE OF 1894
On Saturday, September 1, 1894, between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and
4:00 p.m., a great firestorm consumed and destroyed Hinckley and
five smaller communities. An estimated area of at least 200,000
acres was completely wiped out and at least 418 people
lost their lives.
THE 1918 CLOQUET FIRE
This is considered to be the worst natural disaster in Minnesota
history in terms of the number of lives lost in a single day. In total,
453 people died while fifty-two thousand were injured or displaced.
It is estimated that more than $73 million ($1.145 billion in today’s
dollar value) in property was lost.
THE 1947 TEXAS CITY DISASTER
A giant explosion that occurred while fertilizer was being loading onto
the freighter Grandcamp at a pier in Texas City, Texas, on April 16, 1947,
cost the lives of nearly six hundred people while thousands more were
injured. Additionally, the explosion caused $100 million in damage.
THE BIG BURN (1910)
The Great Fire of 1910 also known as the Big Blow up, the Big Burn
and the Devil’s Broom fire, was a wildfire that incinerated an
incredible three million acres and expanded in three different states:
Montana, Idaho, and Washington. The firestorm burned over two days
and killed eighty-seven people, mostly firefighters. Despite not being
the deadliest, it is considered to be the largest forest fire in the history
of the United States.
BLACK SATURDAY BUSHFIRES
The Black Saturday Bushfires is the name given to the fires that
started on February 7, 2009, in Victoria, Australia. Approximately
four hundred fires started that day and killed 173 people, injured
414 more, destroyed 2,100 homes, displaced 7,562 people, and
burned more than 1,100,000 acres in the most catastrophic
natural disaster in modern Australian history.