Photos: Ten deadliest fires in U.S. history

The ongoing Black Forest fire in El Paso County has destroyed 483 homes at this writing, as well as killing two people -- and we're fortunate that the loss of life wasn't nearly great enough to land it on this Wikipedia's list of noteworthy wildfires. The page is an awful record of scorched land and the human cost that doesn't always correspond to acreage. Look below to see photos and Wiki text about the ten deadliest fires on the roster, with the number one blaze killing thousands and the tenth, which killed fifteen firefighters, taking place right here in Colorado.
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