As forest fires continue to rage across the Northwest Territories, we’re reminded that all it takes is a combination of dry, windy conditions and lightning strikes to turn small brush fires into massive, devastating blazes. Canada is home to 10 percent of the world’s forests and, according to Natural Resources Canada, wildland fires have consumed an average of 2.3 million hectares annually over the past 25 years. Most are small fires that are extinguished soon after igniting, but history has shown that occasionally, drought and wind can cause wildfires to grow out of control. Here’s a look at some of the most damaging forest fires in Canadian history.
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