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California Wildfire: Battling 18 Blazes, California May Face Worst Fire Season

World | Associated Press | August 8, 2018, 5:12 pm
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 The largest wildfire ever recorded in California needed just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los Angeles — and it's only one of many enormous blazes that could make this the worst fire season in state history. (Image: AP)

The largest wildfire ever recorded in California needed just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los Angeles — and it's only one of many enormous blazes that could make this the worst fire season in state history. (Image: AP)

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 Some 14,000 firefighters from as far away as Florida and even New Zealand are struggling to curb 18 fires in the midst of a sweltering summer that has seen wind-whipped flames carve their way through national forest land and rural areas, threaten urban areas and incinerate neighbourhoods. (Image: AP)

Some 14,000 firefighters from as far away as Florida and even New Zealand are struggling to curb 18 fires in the midst of a sweltering summer that has seen wind-whipped flames carve their way through national forest land and rural areas, threaten urban areas and incinerate neighbourhoods. (Image: AP)

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 A plane drops fire retardant as firefighters continue to battle a wildfire in the Cleveland National Forest near Corona, California. (Image: AP)

A plane drops fire retardant as firefighters continue to battle a wildfire in the Cleveland National Forest near Corona, California. (Image: AP)

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 Some of the largest fires have erupted just within the past few weeks as the state has seen record-setting temperatures — and the historically worst months of wildfire season are still to come. (Image: AP)

Some of the largest fires have erupted just within the past few weeks as the state has seen record-setting temperatures — and the historically worst months of wildfire season are still to come. (Image: AP)

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 People watch the sunset as smoke from the Ranch Fire rises into the sky at Austin Park Beach in California's Clearlake with Mount Konocti in the background. (Image: AP)

People watch the sunset as smoke from the Ranch Fire rises into the sky at Austin Park Beach in California's Clearlake with Mount Konocti in the background. (Image: AP)

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 Wildfires tearing through trees and brush, rampaging up hillsides and incinerating neighbourhoods: The place-names change but the devastation is showing signs of becoming the new normal in California. (Image: AP)

Wildfires tearing through trees and brush, rampaging up hillsides and incinerating neighbourhoods: The place-names change but the devastation is showing signs of becoming the new normal in California. (Image: AP)

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 On August 06, twin fires being treated as one incident north of San Francisco became the largest wildfire in state history, destroying 443 square miles (1,148 square kilometres) — nearly the size of the city of Los Angeles. (Image: Reuters)

On August 06, twin fires being treated as one incident north of San Francisco became the largest wildfire in state history, destroying 443 square miles (1,148 square kilometres) — nearly the size of the city of Los Angeles. (Image: Reuters)

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 The Mendocino Complex was still growing as it broke the record set last December. (Image: Reuters)

The Mendocino Complex was still growing as it broke the record set last December. (Image: Reuters)

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 A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant along the crest of a hill to protect the two bulldozers below that were cutting fire lines at the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) near Lakeport, California. (Image: Reuters)

A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant along the crest of a hill to protect the two bulldozers below that were cutting fire lines at the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) near Lakeport, California. (Image: Reuters)

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 A firefighter runs while trying to save a home as a wildfire tears through Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

A firefighter runs while trying to save a home as a wildfire tears through Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

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 A firefighter monitors a burning outbuilding to ensure flames don't spread as the River Fire burns in California. (Image: AP)

A firefighter monitors a burning outbuilding to ensure flames don't spread as the River Fire burns in California. (Image: AP)

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 A helicopter carries water while battling the River Fire in California. (Image: AP)

A helicopter carries water while battling the River Fire in California. (Image: AP)

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 An outbuilding burns as the River Fire tears through Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

An outbuilding burns as the River Fire tears through Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

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 With a fire burning on multiple sides, a deer stands behind a fence as the River Fire tears through Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

With a fire burning on multiple sides, a deer stands behind a fence as the River Fire tears through Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

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 Flames consume a home as the River Fire tears through Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

Flames consume a home as the River Fire tears through Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

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 An air tanker drops retardant on the River Fire burning near Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

An air tanker drops retardant on the River Fire burning near Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

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 A home burns as the River Fire rages near Finley, California. (Image: AP)

A home burns as the River Fire rages near Finley, California. (Image: AP)

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 Cal Fire Division Chief Mark Higgins directs helicopters dropping water as the River Fire burns in California. (Image: AP)

Cal Fire Division Chief Mark Higgins directs helicopters dropping water as the River Fire burns in California. (Image: AP)

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 Flames consume a home as the River Fire tears through Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

Flames consume a home as the River Fire tears through Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

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 A wildfire crests over a ridge, threatening a home in California. (Image: AP)

A wildfire crests over a ridge, threatening a home in California. (Image: AP)

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 Flames consume a home as the River Fire tears through Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

Flames consume a home as the River Fire tears through Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

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 A firefighter rushes to save a home as the River Fire tears through Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

A firefighter rushes to save a home as the River Fire tears through Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

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 A fire vehicle is parked ahead of an advancing wildfire in Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

A fire vehicle is parked ahead of an advancing wildfire in Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

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 A firefighter with Pacifica Fire Department stands in front of a burning barn to prevent it from reaching a residence in Finley, California. (Image: AP)

A firefighter with Pacifica Fire Department stands in front of a burning barn to prevent it from reaching a residence in Finley, California. (Image: AP)

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 A fire crew from San Luis Obispo County keeps an eye on an advancing wildfire from the perimeter of a residence in Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

A fire crew from San Luis Obispo County keeps an eye on an advancing wildfire from the perimeter of a residence in Lakeport, California. (Image: AP)

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 A plane drops retardant over a property threatened by a wildfire in California. (Image: AP)

A plane drops retardant over a property threatened by a wildfire in California. (Image: AP)

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