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Wildfires have long been feared for their potentially devastating impact on the landscape and people's lives. Technology, improved firefighting techniques and better coordination among agencies have reduced the number of lives lost, but the blazes can still cause widespread destruction.

In the early part of the United States' history -- without these advances -- wildfires consumed mammoth areas and killed many. Here's a look at some of the worst wildfires in North America from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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