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Before and after: See the record-size tree that died in Big Sur’s Soberanes Fire

The Pacific madrone is a stately tree, flourishing on the California coast with its big, broad, evergreen leaves and distinguishing red, exfoliating bark. The tree, which measured 125 feet tall and more than 25 feet around, lost at least one of the large, crooked trunks that provided its extraordinary girth when flames tore through the state-managed Joshua Creek Canyon Ecological Reserve.
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