This summer, the worst wildfires in decades ravaged the American countryside. Millions of acres burned and 16 firefighters were killed. Still, most residents escaped unharmed. It wasn't a summer but an October weekend, in 1871 when the country's deadliest forest fire ever broke out. It happened in the Northern Wisconsin town of Peshtigo. From Wisconsin Public Radio, Patty Murray reports.
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