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Fernanda Santos covers Arizona and New Mexico as the Phoenix Bureau Chief for the New York Times. Santos holds a bachelor’s degree in social communications from Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a master’s degree in print journalism from Boston University. She co-wrote Latinos in the United States: A Resource Guide for Journalists, and was a 2005 fellow for the International Reporting Project. The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting (Flatiron Books) is her first book. In June of 2013, a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in Yarnell, Arizona, setting off a blaze that grew into one of the deadliest fires in American history. The twenty man Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Granite Mountain Hotshots crisscrossed the American West. Impeccably researched, drawing upon more than a hundred hours of interviews with the firefighters’ families, colleagues, state and federal officials, and fire historians and researchers,  Santos has written a riveting, pulse-pounding narrative of an unthinkable disaster, a remarkable group of men and the raging wildfires that threaten our country’s treasured wild lands.