California wildfires

Drought and extreme weather have fueled numerous wildfires in California, destroying property and forcing evacuations. More than 8,000 firefighters are battling the Rocky Fire in northern California that has already scorched over 60,000 acres.--By Leanne Burden Seidel
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A firefighter sprays water while battling the Rocky Fire near Clearlake, Calif., August 2. The fire, one of dozens raging in drought parched Northern California, has destroyed dozens residences and scorched 60,000 acres. (Noah Berger/EPA)
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Firefighters take a breather from battling the Rocky Fire near Clearlake, Calif. August 2. (Noah Berger/EPA)
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Firefighters watch as the Rocky Fire burns near Clearlake, Calif., August 1. (Noah Berger/EPA)
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Burned signs are shown on a road near Lower Lake, Calif., July 31. A series of wildfires were intensified by dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)
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A firefighter helps ignite a backfire while battling the Rocky Fire near Clearlake, Calif., August 2. (Noah Berger/EPA)
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An air tanker drops retardant to stop the Rocky Fire from spreading as it burns near Clearlake, Calif., August 2. (Noah Berger/EPA)
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A firefighter from Windsor, Calif., walks next to a wall of flames as he starts a back fire in tall dry grass while battling the Rocky Fire on July 30, in Lower Lake. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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A wall of flames lurches over a ridge as a resident of Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., prepares to evacuate on the evening of July 29. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
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A firefighter scrambles down a hillside after lighting a backfire to contain the Rocky fire near Clearlake, Calif. August 2. (Noah Berger/EPA)
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Shoppers load groceries as smoke from the Rocky Fire billows over Clearlake, Calif., August 2. (Noah Berger/EPA)
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California Fire firefighters monitor a backfire ahead of the Rocky Fire on August 2 near Clearlake, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Peter McNally embraces his mother, Sheila McNally, whose Brannan Island resort home was burned to the ground during a grass fire that ripped through the Pirate's Lair Marina community in Isleton, Calif., on July 30. McNally was on vacation and was warned by neighbors that the community was on fire. She had recently listed her resort home for sale to help with retirement. (Andrew Seng/The Sacramento Bee via AP)
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California Fire Captain Josh Kitchens fires a flare gun to ignite a backfire while battling the Rocky fire near Clearlake, Calif., August 2. (Noah Berger/EPA)
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A firefighter battles a spot fire at the Rocky Fire in Lake County, Calif. July 30. (Max Whittaker/Reuters)
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Kofawn Jones (C) shakes hands with a police officer while preparing to evacuate as the Rocky fire approaches his home in Clearlake, Calif. on August 2. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
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Flames from a backfire rise from a canyon as firefighters battle the Rocky fire near Clearlake, Calif., August 2. (Noah Berger/EPA)
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Arnold Strecker and his fiance Kimberly Korth collect their belonging after a grass fire that ripped through their trailer park community at the Pirates Lair Marina on July 31 in Isleton, Calif. Although parts of her home were significantly damaged, she maintained a positive attitude and overall outlook on life, "We'll bulldoze it and start over... The most important things aren't things," she said. (Andrew Seng/The Sacramento Bee via AP)
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A firefighter races to move a truck before it's overrun at the Rocky Fire in Lake County, Calif., July 30. (Max Whittaker/Reuters)
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A firefighting helicopter drops water on spot fires while battling the Rocky Fire on July 30 in Lower Lake, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Firefighters Richard Dykhouse (L) and Dan McCabe (R) confer as the Rocky Fire burns near Clearlake, August 2. (Noah Berger/EPA)
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A California fire crew retreats after of a flare up the Rocky Fire near Lower Lake, Calif., July 29. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
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Goats run away from their pen after firefighters freed them as the Rocky Fire approaches on July 31 in Lower Lake, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Firefighters work to dig a fire line on the Rocky Fire in Lake County, Calif. July 30. The Rocky Fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon in Lake County, 110 miles (180 km) north of San Francisco. (Max Whittaker/Reuters)
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California firefighter Johnny Miller (L) and Cal Fire division chief Nick Schuler move chickens as the Rocky Fire approaches on July 31 in Lower Lake, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Flames from the Rocky Fire approach a house on July 31 in Lower Lake, Calif. Over 900 firefighters are battling the Rocky Fire that erupted to over 15,000 acres since it started on Wednesday afternoon. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Firefighters walk under smoke from fires along Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., July 31. A series of wildfires were intensified by dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)
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Flames burn in the gutted remains of a mobile home destroyed at Korth's Pirate's Lair Marina in Isleton, Calif., July 30. Fire crews from multiple agencies battled the fire that destroyed multiple homes and damaged several others. (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press)
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A fire blazes as smoke tints the view of the moon rising over the Rocky Fire near Lower Lake, Calif. on July 30. Several new blazes flared up, forcing hundreds of people from their homes. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
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Firefighters race to battle a spot fire at the Rocky Fire in Lake County, Calif. July 30. (Max Whittaker/Reuters)
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A helicopter drops water on the Rocky Fire in Lake County, Calif. July 30. (Max Whittaker/Reuters)
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A sign charred by the Rocky Fire hangs on a fence in front of a home on July 30 in Lower Lake, Calif. (Justin Sullivan//Getty Images)
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