中西部的大火_1

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密西根與威斯康辛的森林在1871年大火中完全燒燬

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中西部的大火:1871108

坐在火爐或者營火之前是相當有趣的經驗,但是當火苗失去控制,就會變成可怕的惡夢。現在因為有許多煙霧警報器、消防栓,以及經費充裕的消防局等等,許多市區火災都可以在幾小時內就被潑滅。但是當環境無法配合,火勢甚至可以延燒好幾天,並且摧毀所有東西。


Sitting in front of a fireplace or around a campfire can be a lot of fun, but when a fire grows out of control, it becomes a frightening event. Today, with smoke alarms, fire hydrants and well-funded fire departments, most city fires can be stopped within hours. However, when conditions are right, a fire can burn for days, destroying everything in its path.

On Sunday, October 8, 1871, conditions in the Midwest were exactly right to create a devastating fire. The long dry summer had carried into October, and the winds were strong.


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