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Dispersion of Smoke and Ash from the Colby Fire
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Dispersion of Smoke and Ash from the Colby Fire

On Jan. 16, 2014, dry conditions and warm winter temperatures in California permitted embers from a campfire in the hills above Glendora, Calif., to grow into a large wildfire that claimed several homes, caused mandatory evacuations of about 2,000 people, and sent smoke and ash across the Los Angeles Basin, prompting an air quality alert by public health officials.

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