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California Wildfires Burn With Full Force
Cooler temperatures and calmer winds helped firefighters in their battle against the most destructive of two big wildfires that have burned homes and forced hundreds of people to evacuate mountain communities on the edge of the Mojave Desert and in the southern Sierra Nevada.

Fire Retardant

July 30: A DC-10 jumbo jet tanker carrying 12,000-gallon loads drops swaths of fire retardant on top of the crest of Hauser Peak to protect microwave towers in Palmdale, Calif, on Friday. Aircraft and hundreds of firefighters are concentrating on protecting the densely populated Palmdale area a few miles away and a cluster of power transmission lines that provide electricity to much of Southern California. California Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority fire crews help with the fire. 

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July 30: A Brea, California firefighter sleeps during a break from battling the Crown fire on a soccer field at Pelona Vista Park on Friday, in Palmdale.

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July 30: A Brea, California firefighter sleeps during a break from battling the Crown fire on a soccer field at Pelona Vista Park on Friday, in Palmdale.

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Fire Explodes Through Dry Grasses

July 29: Orange flames explode through dry grasses, along Lake Elizabeth road Thursday in Leona Valley Calif. About 2,000 homes in the community of Leona Valley and parts of Palmdale areas were under evacuation Friday, according to Los Angeles County Fire. There is zero containment, authorities said. 

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Wildfire Burns Above Elizabeth Lake Road

July 29: A fast moving wildfire burns above Elizabeth Lake Road in Leona Valley near Palmdale, Calif. on Thursday. Mandatory evacuations were issued for the community of Leona Valley on Thursday evening, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Matt Levesque said. 

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July 29: A firefighter dons his gear as a fast moving wildfire burns near Palmdale, Calif. on Thursday. 

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July 29: Two unidentified women load a car with their belongings as flames approach their home from a fast moving wildfire near Palmdale, Calif. on.

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July 29: A U.S. Forest Service chief races down Lake Elizabeth Rd west of Palmdale, Calif., on Thursday as a fast moving brush fire, that started 5 miles away to the south near the 14 Freeway tears through brush and grass. The brush fire swept over more than 7 square miles, prompted evacuations and burned structures in rural Los Angeles County Thursday as water-dropping helicopters and crews scrambled to get ahead of the blaze. 

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July 29: Fire engines pause as flames from a fast moving wildfire approach Elizabeth Lake Road in the Leona Valley near Palmdale, Calif. on Thursday. Mandatory evacuations were issued for the community of Leona Valley on Thursday evening, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Matt Levesque said. 

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July 29: unidentified woman watches as flames approach her home from a fast moving wildfire near Palmdale, Calif. on Thursday. 

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July 29: A house catches on fire from a fast moving wildfire on Thursday in Leona Valley, Calif. About 2,000 homes in the community of Leona Valley and parts of Palmdale areas were under evacuation Friday, according to Los Angeles County Fire.

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California Wildfires

July 27: A water dropping helicopter flies in front of the large column of smoke before landing in Kernville, Calif. during work on the fire in California's Sequoia National Forest. The fire started on Monday afternoon.

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July 27: Two wildfires that erupted on Tuesday and spread quickly in Southern California have destroyed dozens of homes, including this house about 5 miles above Highline Road in Tehachapi and forced evacuations in remote areas of the state's Kern County. More than 30 homes were lost in the small hill community of Old West Ranch, and another 150 structures were threatened, firefighters said Tuesday.

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Officer Ernia Candelario

July 27: Kern County Fire Department Safety Officer Ernia Candelario Jr. secures an area of the fire in Riverkern, Calif., on Tuesday. A fire in Sequoia National Forest has destroyed six homes, charred 8 square miles and forced the evacuation of 122 juvenile offenders attending a forestry camp near the California town of Kernville. 

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Fulton Hotshots

July 27: U.S. Forest Service firefighter, Brant Machado, with the Fulton Hotshots, lights a backburn along Sierra Highway, near Riverkern, Calif., on Tuesday. A fire in Sequoia National Forest has destroyed six homes, charred 8 square miles and forced the evacuation of 122 juvenile offenders attending a forestry camp near the California town of Kernville. 

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Destroyed Structure

July 27: A destroyed structure lies behind a fire hydrant on property near Jump Creek Ranch Road in the mountains of Tehachapi on Tuesday. More than 30 homes were lost in the small hill community of Old West Ranch, and another 150 structures were threatened, firefighters said Tuesday. 

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Old_West_Ranch

July 27: The glow from a wildfire can be seen through the entrance to the small community known as Old West Ranch near the Mojave Desert town of Tehachapi, Calif., as residents were evacuated on Tuesday. More than 30 homes were lost in the small hill community of Old West Ranch and another 150 structures were threatened, firefighters said Tuesday. The area is about 70 miles north of Los Angeles. 

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West Fire in Tehachapi

July 27: Smoke from the West Fire in Tehachapi, Calif., dwarfs the wind turbines east of the city on Tuesday. More than 30 homes were lost in the small hill community of Old West Ranch and another 150 structures were threatened, firefighters said Tuesday.

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California Wildfires Burn With Full Force

Cooler temperatures and calmer winds helped firefighters in their battle against the most destructive of two big wildfires that have burned homes and forced hundreds of people to evacuate mountain communities on the edge of the Mojave Desert and in the southern Sierra Nevada.

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