5 things I didn't know about urban wildfires

Wildfires, including this one in Glendora, Calif., burned 9.2 million acres in 2012.
(Image credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Fighting fires is simple but not easy. Yes, you put the wet stuff on the red stuff, and then the rest will take care of itself. The fires that matter out here in Los Angeles aren't confined to houses or empty lots. They're sparked, seemingly at random, grow almost exponentially, and are fiendishly hot little devils to contain and extinguish. In some ways, given the availability of oxygen and brush, it's almost miraculous that urban wildfires don't do nearly the amount of damage that they could.

Here are some things I didn't know about how complex the fires out here are.

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