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How fire can become widespread (4)


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'widespread' is the definition.
(rife can mean widespread or universal)

'how fire can' is the wordplay.
'fire' can be anagrammed to 'RIFE'.
Though, I am unsure how the anagram is indicated.

'become' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for rife that I've seen before include "Prevalent" , "Endemic" , "Abounding" , "Excessively abundant" , "Overabundant" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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