PBS Newshour 2

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Vocabulary List

wildfire
(noun) a fire that spreads quickly in a large area (such as a forest) and cannot be controlled
 
remote
(adjective) far from places where people live
 
underscore
(verb) to emphasize that something is important
 
lush
(adjective) having a lot of green, healthy plants, grass, and trees
 
devastating
(adjective) badly damaging or destroying something
 
blaze
(noun) a big dangerous fire
 
level
(verb) to completely destroy an area or building

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A big fire on an island near Hawaii completely destroyed a whole town and killed at least 99 people. A few months later, an uncontrollable fire happened in a Hawaii rainforest that is located far from places where people live. The fire emphasizes that the new reality is important for the island, which is usually covered in green, healthy plants and trees.

Grammar

A wildfire burning in a remote Hawaii rainforest is underscoring a new reality for the normally lush island state just a few months after a devastating blaze on a neighboring island leveled an entire town and killed at least 99 people.
 
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