E7. Great Michigan Fire, October 8, 1871



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Great Michigan Fire, October 8, 1871
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Great Michigan Fire, October 8, 1871
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Michigan_Fire
The fires of October 8, 1871, started after a long dry summer. Most areas had had no rain in months, making the dried-up vegetation and logging debris, known as “slash”, fuel for the fires. These fires were the result of hundreds of smaller land-clearing fires whipped together to form a massive wall of flames by gale force winds.

In the mid-1830s logging began in Michigan and grew into a significant industry. Michigan was extensively logged for the Eastern white pine, measuring 150 feet (46 m) tall and exceeding 5 feet (2 m) in diameter, along with the hardwood forests. By 1854, sixteen sawmills were in operation, producing over 13,000,000 board feet (30,000 m3) of lumber. These operations left behind branches, bark and quantities of unused wood
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From: Sunday, October 8, 1871
To: Sunday, March 11, 1973
Result: 37,044 days
101 years, 5 months, 3 days
3,200,601,600 seconds
53,343,360 minutes
889,056 hours
37,044 days
5292 weeks
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From: Sunday, October 8, 1871
To: Tuesday, September 11, 2001
Result: 47,455 days
129 years, 11 months, 3 days
4,100,112,000 seconds
68,335,200 minutes
1,138,920 hours
47,455 days
6779 weeks
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