Wildfire experts say the Northern California Wildfire that has killed at least 56 is the deadliest in a century.
California officials say the fire burning in a rural area far north of San Francisco killed more people than any blaze in the state’s recorded history.
But the U.S. government doesn’t closely track civilian casualties and records from long ago are incomplete.
Stephen Pyne, a regent professor at Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences and author of “Between Two Fires: A Fire History of Contemporary America,” and Crystal Kolden, a professor at the University of Idaho and expert in fire science, said 1918 was the last time more people were killed in a wildfire.
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