On October 7, 1910, a forest fire raged out of control across Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota, leveling all in its path. The region had experienced a severe drought; combined with the available fuels and heavy winds, this resulted in a firestorm. There were no attempts at fighting the fire because it burst out of the forest and took people completely by surprise. Several towns burned in less than two hours. The aftermath was bleak: smoke-laden, wind-blown streets, piles of rubble and the surrounding forest land covered with ashes. Four hundred thousand acres burned and 43 lives were lost.