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What are the subject and predicate of the following sentence? Is it grammatically correct? If not, how would you fix it?

The Castle Fire ignited in August when dry brush sparked by a lightning storm ultimately spread to join other fires and form the enormous, 174,000-acre Sequoia Lightning Complex Fire.

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The subject is "The Castle Fire", the predicate is the rest of the sentence.

It gets a bit confused as it literally says that the "dry brush spread" I'm happy to interpret this as "the fire that started in the dry brush spread..." because I don't think the actual brush can spread.

For clarity it might be better to split the sentence:

The Castle Fire started in August when the dry brush was sparked by a lightning storm. It ultimately spread to join other fires and form the enormous, 174,000-acre, Sequoia Lightning Complex Fire.

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  • The "It" in your second sentence refers to the Castle Fire, so your version makes more sense than the CNN original.
    – Apollyon
    Aug 11 '21 at 13:37
  • "Ignited in August when dry brush [was] sparked by a lightning storm" could be read as a separate phrase describing the fire, if separated by commas and the verb added. Aug 11 '21 at 13:42
  • I find CNN's English getting worse and worse.
    – Apollyon
    Aug 11 '21 at 13:44
  • If it's from CNN, you should mention that in the question.
    – James K
    Aug 11 '21 at 14:06
  • @KateBunting but that sort of omission is not something desirable. And might be considered incorrect, I guess. Aug 12 '21 at 15:22

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