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Anatomy of a wildfire

The 2011 Las Conchas wildfire was big even before it blew up on June 27.

In 2011, a New Mexico wildfire went from normal to nuclear, kicking up a 45,000-foot column of tornadic winds and burning debris. Three local scientists set out to learn why. Below, a breakdown of how a the 2011 Las Conchas wildfire blew up on June 27. This way

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