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Today in Wildfire History: 1941 840 acre blaze in Japan claims the lives of 18 firefighters

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Today in Wildfire History: 1941 840 acre blaze in Japan claims the lives of 18 firefighters

Construction workers using fire to reduce weeds and leaf litter on a job site at Kure, in Western Honshu, Japan, on April 27, 1941. The fire escaped their control and burned rapidly through a field of dried weeds into a forested area beyond. Firefighters working on extinguishing the blaze were  trapped and overrun by flames when the wind shifted. 18 firefighters died that day. The fire burned for another day, eventually being contained at 840 acres.

Photo credit: Rachel C. Smith 2004 All rights reserved

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