The 1983 Earthquake Dust Fire was a deadly event in Night Vale history. Cecil recounted this event in Feral Dogs. Tremor-initiated fires became so intense that the airborne sand burst into deadly flames.
It is commonly theorized that this event represents a nuclear blast, as this is the same year that some residents Night Vale believe that the world ended.
Nearly the entire Night Vale population was lost as a result of this fire.
An artistic representation of this event was featured on a float as part of the Biweekly Fireperson Appreciation Parade Noted as his favorite float in the parade, Cecil said the Night Vale Fire Department did a fantastic job capturing the drama of this event with streamers and paper-mâché.
- Episode 10 "Feral Dogs"