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Want some proof? How about this?
In July, 2011, the Las Conchas wildfire became New Mexico's largest ever. However, the Whitewater Baldy fire in May, 2012, was largesr than the Las Conchas blaze.
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wildfires/story/2012-05-30/new-mexico-wildfire/55285074/1
I can only assume this isn’t all you have. What else?