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California Wildfires Rage Near Los Angeles
A relentless Southern California wildfire raged with dozens of homes up in smoke, thousands more threatened and new rounds of evacuations as towering flames crackled close to neighborhoods on the northern and southern flanks. Two firefighters were killed on Sunday when their vehicle plummeted off a mountain road.
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California Wildfire

Sept. 2: Firefighters move into position to build a fire break in the Angeles National Forest around Mt. Wilson, Calif.

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California Wildfire

Sept. 2: A roadside cross sits in the charred Angeles National Forest as the sun breaks through wildfire smoke at Mt. Wilson, Calif.

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California Wildfire

Sept. 2: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger serves breakfast to firefighters Wednesday at the Station Fire Incident Command Post in the Lake View Terrace area of Los Angeles.

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California Wildfire

Sept. 1: A backfire burns near homes during the Station Fire in La Crescenta, Calif.

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California Wildfire

Sept. 1: A fire burns near homes during the Station Fire in La Crescenta, Calif.

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California Wildfire

Sept. 1: Firefighters watch a fire burn near homes during the Station Fire in La Crescenta, Calif.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 31: A giant wildfire burns in the mountains behind La Crescenta, Calif., near Los Angeles.

(Photo: Julie and Scott Stuckmann)

California Wildfire

Aug. 31: A massive wildfire burns in the mountains surrounding La Crescenta, Calif.

(Photo: Julie and Scott Stuckmann)

California Wildfire

Aug. 31: A huge wildfire continues to rage in the mountains ringing La Crescenta, Calif., outside of Los Angeles.

(Photo: Julie and Scott Stuckmann)

California Wildfire

This map shows the latest events and size of the Los Angeles-area wildfires.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 31: The Station fire rages on the hillsides of the La Crescenta area of Los Angeles on Monday.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 31: Robert Steffensen hoses down the roof of his home in the Los Angeles suburb of La Crescenta as a fire burns in the hills above him Monday. Steffensen stayed in his home despite evacuation orders.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 31: A helicopter drops water as it helps firefighters battle a blaze in the community of Oak Glen, Calif., that has burned 1000 acres since Sunday afternoon. They are trying to protect 156 homes by keeping the fire from jumping Oak Glen Road. 

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California Wildfire

Aug. 31: California wildfires burn on the hillsides of the La Crescenta area of Los Angeles on Monday.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 31: Firefighters wait for orders as flames get close to a home in the La Crescenta area of Los Angeles on Monday.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 31: Palomar Hot Shots wait for orders as flames get close to a home in the La Crescenta area of Los Angeles on Monday.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 31:  California wildfires rage on the hillsides of the La Crescenta area of Los Angeles on Monday.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 31: Firefighting plane drops fire retardent as it hekps battle a blaze in the community of Oak Glen, Calif., that has burned 1000 acres since Sunday afternoon. They are trying to protect 156 homes by keeping the fire from jumping Oak Glen Road.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 31:  Firefighters stage before heading out to battle a blaze in the community of Oak Glen, Calif.. They are trying to protect 156 homes by keeping the fire from jumping Oak Glen Road. 

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California Wildfire

Aug. 30: Sacramento Metro Fire fighter Ryan Puilis hoses downs the smoldering ruins of a home destroyed by a fire that broke out in Auburn, Calif. Fire fighters from more than a dozen different agencies battled the fire that broke out Sunday afternoon consuming 250 acres and destroying at least 50 structures including homes, out buildings and businesses.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 30: Sacramento Metro Fire fighter Ryan Puilis hoses downs the smoldering ruins of a home destroyed by a fire that broke out in Auburn, Calif. Fire fighters from several agencies battled the fire that broke out Sunday afternoon consuming 250 acres and destroying at least 50 structures including homes, out buildings and businesses.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 30: A United States Forest Service air tanker drops fire retardant next to a line of fire as the Station fire burns in the hills above a home in Acton, Calif.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 30: Marla Gordon holds her daughters as they looked at their burned down home on Oak Mist Lane destroyed by the Auburn fire in Auburn, Calif. The fire consumed 275 acres and destroyed over 20 structures.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 30: Ema Lujan carries a hose to help firefighters save what's left of her Harley Davidson business destroyed in the Auburn Fire in Auburn, Calif..

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California Wildfire

Aug. 30: In this photo taken from Monterey Park, smoke billows from a fire in the foothills above La Canada Flintridge, Calif. in the San Gabriel Valley.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 28: Flames from a brush fire glow from a distance behind a home on Baytree Drive in La Canada Flintridge, California. A raging wildfire is surging in all directions, threatening 10,000 homes near Los Angeles.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 29: A structure is shown engulfed in flames near Big Tujunga Road in La Canada Flintridge, California. A raging wildfire surged in all directions Sunday, threatening 10,000 homes near Los Angeles.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 28: Flames burn around a U.S. Forest Service fire station about five miles up Highway Two at the Angeles National Forest near La Canada Flintridge, Calif., Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. A wildfire rages Sunday, surging in all directions as it threatened 10,000 homes near Los Angeles.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 29: A wildfire burns in the Angeles National Forest. The fires raged on Sunday, surging in all directions and threatening 10,000 homes near Los Angeles.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 29: The Vista Grande Hot Shots prepare to cut a fire line with hand tools in order to slow the advance of the Station Fire that is burning in the San Gabriel Mountains above the city of La Canada Flintridge, 20 miles outside of downtown Los Angeles. The wildfire surged Sunday in all directions, threatening 10,000 homes near Los Angeles.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 29: The Vista Grande Hot Shots prepare to cut a fire line with hand tools in order to slow the advance of the Station Fire that is burning in the San Gabriel Mountains above the city of La Canada Flintridge, 20 miles outside of downtown Los Angeles. The wildfire surged Sunday in all directions, threatening 10,000 homes near Los Angeles.

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California Wildfire

A large tanker drops slurry on a wildfire on the south east section of Gloria Fire in Soledad, California. Wildfires rages Sunday, surging in all directions and threatening 10,000 homes near Los Angeles.

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California Wildfire

Aug. 30: A firefighter stands a burnt area of the San Gabriel Mountains above the city of La Canada Flintridge, 20 miles outside of downtown Los Angeles. Wildfires raged Sunday, surging in all directions and threatening 10,000 homes near Los Angeles.

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California Wildfires Rage Near Los Angeles

A relentless Southern California wildfire raged with dozens of homes up in smoke, thousands more threatened and new rounds of evacuations as towering flames crackled close to neighborhoods on the northern and southern flanks. Two firefighters were killed on Sunday when their vehicle plummeted off a mountain road.

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