1911: July 11-12: A wind-whipped forest fire raged through South Porcupine in Northern Ontario killing at least 70 people and burning the town to the ground. The next day it swept through the nearby town of Cochrane
1916: July: The Northern Ontario forest fire of 1916 (generally known as the Matheson Fire) was the worst in Canadian history. It laid waste to nearly 800 square miles of forest and razed a number of small communities in its path. The known toll reached 282 but many more visitors and transients likely died.