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  • July 17: President Bush rides on Marine One past a fire line cut by firefighters during a tour of the California wildfires in Redding, Calif.
  • July 17: President Bush and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif, take part in a briefing on the California wildfires in Redding, Calif.
  • July 17: President Bush arrives at Redding Municipal Airport to tour the damage caused by wildfires in Redding, Calif.
  • July 17: President Bush meets with U.S. Forest Service smoke jumpers who are fighting the California wildfires in Redding, Calif.
  • July 17: President Bush heads to his Marine One helicopter en route to Napa, Calif., from Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., after touring wildfires in the state.
  • July 17: President Bush and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif., greet firefighters after speaking about the California wildfires in Redding, Calif.
  • July 17: Motorcycle enthusiasts escorted by a motorcycle California Highway Patrol ride over the Bixby Bridge into Big Sur marking the first group ride along scenic California Highway 1 since the start of the recent wildfires.
  • July 15: A firefighter walks to his tent in the fire camp in Carmel Valley, Calif.
  • July 15: Firefighter Ryan McCrory from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in San Diego, takes some time to sharpen his fire tools in the fire camp.
  • July 11: A home is burned down in Spokane County, Wash. At least one person is dead after a wildfire swept through an area near the Northern California town of Concow, fire officials said Friday.
  • July 11: The remains of a home which burned down in the Pine Hills and Pine Meadows neighborhood of Spokane County, Wash.
  • July 11: Spokane Valley Fire Department Captain Jeff Bordwell surveys damage done by a brush fire the day before in the Pine Hills and Pine Meadows neighborhood of Spokane County, Wash.
  • July 10: A slurry bomber drops fire retardant on Pine Ridge, 150 miles from Big Sur, Calif.
  • July 10: Fire burns along Pine Ridge in the Los Padres National Forest. The fire is moving toward Carmel Valley.
  • July 10: A helicopter drops water on advancing fire off of Tassajara Road at the Basin Complex Fire in Carmel Valley, Calif. Firefighters worked to keep flames from reaching more homes after a lightning-sparked wildfire advanced Thursday in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California.
  • July 10: With a hose at the ready, a firefighter watches as flames from the Butte Lightening Complex fire approach a fire line in Concow, Calif.
  • A helicopter drops water on advancing fire at the Basin Complex Fire in Carmel Valley, Calif.
  • July 10: A firefighter hoses down flames from the Butte Lightening Complex fire as they approach a fire line near Concow, Calif.
  • July 10: Fire Capt. Rod Pinnelli, of the Lathrop-Manteca Fire and Rescue, turns away from the heat of flames approaching a fire line of the Butte Lightening Complex fire near Concow, Calif.
  • July 10: A firefighter is obscured by the smoke from the Butte Lightening Complex fire near Concow, Calif.
  • July 9: Members of the California National Guard take a break from hot temperatures and fire training in Albion, Calif. For the first time in 30 years, the California National Guard is being deployed to fight wildfires.
  • July 9: Members of the California National Guard train to cut a line in Albion, Calif.
  • July 9: The charred remains of a motorcycle and other belongings are seen at a home destroyed by flames of the Butte Lightning Complex fire near Concow, Calif. Authorities ordered residents of 3,800 homes in Butte County to evacuate after the wind-stoked fire destroyed 40 homes and 10 structures in the nearby rural community of Concow.
  • July 9: Smoke from the Butte Lightning Complex fire obscures the view of the Concow Reservoir near Concow, Calif.
  • July 9: Fires in the Los Padres National Forest, near Santa Barbara, grew slightly to about 9,700 acres. The blaze continues to threaten about 250 homes, down from a peak of more than 3,000.
  • July 5: Firefighters work a brush fire burning out of control in the Santa Ynez Mountains near Goleta, Calif.
  • July 5: A firefighter walks away from a brush fire burning out of control in the Santa Ynez Mountains near Goleta, Calif.
  • July 5: A firefighter stands watch as brush fires are out of control in the Santa Ynez Mountains near Goleta, Calif.
  • July 5: Firefighter's work to contain brush fires out of control in the Santa Ynez Mountains near Goleta, Calif.
  • July 5: Roberto Rosales covers his face from wildfire smoke as he fuels up his truck in Big Sur, Calif.
  • July 4: Firefighters Jason Negrete, left, and Trent Grinstead, keep an eye on a fire burning close to Highway 1 in Big Sur, Calif.
  • July 4: A firefighter watches a fire burning close to Highway 1 in Big Sur, Calif.
  • July 4: Bill Draper rests as his wife Zola Draper prepares her cot at a high school gymnasium turned Red Cross evacuation shelter for victims of the Gap wildfire in Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • July 3: A thank you sign is posted at a restaurant at a deserted town after evacuations in Big Sur, Calif.
  • July 3: A California Conservation Corps van passes by a road block on Highway 1 into Big Sur, Calif., during a wildfire.
  • July 3: A firefighter watches a wild fire burn uncontrolled in Big Sur, Calif.
  • July 3: A wildfire burns uncontrolled as the sun rises in Big Sur, Calif.
  • July 2: Three unidentified residents watch as a brush fire burns out of control in the Santa Ynez Mountains near Goleta, Calif.
  • July 1: Haze from smoke obscures a home sitting on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean near the Burns Creek bridge in Big Sur, Calif.
  • July 1: Pete Crowhart, cultural specialist with the U.S. Forest Service, inspects a section of a "dozer line" firebreak in the Bottchers Gap area of the Los Padres National Forest.
  • July 1: A mixture of fog and smoky haze is seen from Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. Wildfires have created a dangerous smoky haze due to the soot-laden air that's collecting in the state's landlocked farm country.
  • July 1: Alex Jimenez with Cal Fire and Jose Ribera, a firefighter with the Crane Valley "Hot Shots" look over a section in the Bottchers Gap area of the Los Padres National Forest.
  • June 30: U.S. Forest Service crew Superintendent Chip Laughaun, in red hat, briefs his firefighters before creating a fire line as the Basin Complex Fire burns downhill towards Palo Colorado Canyon in Big Sur, Calif.
  • June 30: Fire burns downhill towards the Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp at the top of Palo Colorado Canyon during the Basin Complex Fire in Big Sur, Calif.
  • June 30: U.S. Forest Service firefighters work on a fire line below a home in in Big Sur, Calif.
  • June 30: A firefighter walks around his fire truck in Big Sur, Calif. Firefighters saved the well-known Deetjen Big Sur Inn from a wildfire last week.
  • June 30: Using hand tools and chain saws, firefighters from the Eel River Department of Corrections cut a line through a thick brush to contain the West Fire near Stirling City, Calif.
  • June 27: Haze from a wildfire covers a scenic view of the Pacific coastline along Highway 1 north of Big Sur, Calif.
  • June 27: Fire crews of a joint task force from, Nebraska, Colorado, Oregon and Kansas, build a fire line a as a wildfire approaches along Partington Ridge Road south of Big Sur, Calif.
  • June 27: Smoke from wildfires continues to clog the valley south of Ukiah, Calif.
  • June 27: A view of the Pacific coastline is obstructed by haze from a wildfire north of Big Sur, Calif.
  • June 27: Fire crews from a joint task force from Nebraska, Colorado, Oregon and Kansas, are engufed by smoke from a wildfire as it approaches a home on Partington Ridge Rd. south of Big Sur, Calif.
  • June 26: Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard, and Maj. Gen. William H. Wade II, adjutant general of the California National Guard, arrive at the Chico Airport in Chico, Calif., to discuss the California wildfires with the crews of the Air National Guard's C-130s, which are equipped for firefighting.
  • June 26: Acting Capt. Dave Craddock, of the Salinas Rural fire dept., surveys a fire-ravaged forest in Big Sur, Calif.
  • June 25: Mike Dietrich, incident commander of the Basin Complex in Big Sur, Calif., gives California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a briefing on the current condition of the wildfires.
  • June 25: This NASA photo is an Aqua satellite view of the smoke drifting from the wildfires, denoted by red dots, raging in Northern California. The white area in lower left are clouds.
  • June 25: Fishermen cast their lines at Fort Baker as haze from a series of wildfires covers the San Francisco skyline.
  • June 25: Mario Roberto Munz works in the late afternoon smokey air at Tierra Vegetable in Santa Rosa, Ca. Wednesday.
  • June 24: Firefighters watch a wildfire burn in Big Sur, Calif., in Monterey County.
  • June 24: Firefighters take a break after saving the well known Deetjen Big Sur Inn just feet from a wildfire in Big Sur, Calif., in Monterey County.
  • June 23: Ken Smith of the Valero Refinery Fire Department looks over an area as he does mop up work at a wildfire near Fairfield, Calif.
  • June 23: A burnt-out camel sculpture made of a fiberglass-like material, right, is shown near another camel that did not burn in a wildfire near Fairfield, Calif.
  • June 23: Mark Bown, battalion chief with Marin County Fire, overlooks wildfire burns near Fairfield, Calif.
  • June 23: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, center, reviews statewide firefighting efforts with state and local officials while visiting the Wild Fire incident base camp at Lagoon Valley Regional Park in Vacaville, Calif.
  • June 23: One of 90 fires burning in Mendocino county burns within a few feet of a home in the Running Spring Ranch subdivision in the hills west of Ukiah, Calif.
  • June 23: Capt. Todd Nelson, of the Sonoma Lake Napa Fire Dept, clears trees from a hillside in Mt. Madonna County Park west of Gilroy, Calif. The Whitehurst Fire has burned over 200 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains west of Gilroy.
  • June 23: Mitch Tomlinson, right, a manager at Orr Hot Springs, and friend Phylle Binder remove items from the spa after fire officials warned of an approaching fire in the heavily wooded hills west of Ukiah.
  • June 23: Firefighters from the Dixon Fire Department and Valero Refinery Fire Department carry a hose as they do mop up work at a wildfire near Fairfield, Calif.
  • June 23, 2008: Firefighters from Rio Vista and Travis Air Force Base douse hotspots near Green Valley, Calif.
  • June 22, 2008: A Chinook helicopter drops water at a wildfire in Green Valley, Calif. The fire has consumed more than 3,500 acres in Napa and Solano counties.
  • June 22, 2008: A DC-10 drops fire retardant on the fire in Green Valley, Calif. Hundreds of wildfires sparked by lightning flared Sunday across the heart of wine country and remote forests in Northern California, the latest batch of destructive blazes in the bone-dry state.
  • June 21, 2008: Carson City firefighter Tom Raw runs from burning sagebrush near Old Clear Creek Road in Carson City, Nev., during a small brush fire that started at a homeless camp.
  • June 21, 2008: San Ramon Valley firefighter Kevin Rawitzer works on a burned down house in Watsonville, Calif. Firefighters moved closer Saturday to gaining control over a Santa Cruz County fire that burned several homes, forced hundreds to evacuate and closed a six-mile stretch of coastal Highway 1 for hours.
  • June 21, 2008: Branciforte firefighter Dan Lipkowitz puts water on a pile of stumps in the Larkin Valley area near Watsonville, Calif. A fast-moving fire forced 2,000 mandatory evacuations and closed a six-mile stretch of scenic Highway 1 in Santa Cruz County on Friday, threatening homes and causing gridlock for miles in both directions.
  • June 21, 2008: A firefighter surveys a burned down forest in Watsonville. Firefighters moved closer Saturday to gaining control over a Santa Cruz County fire that burned several homes, forced hundreds to evacuate and closed a six-mile stretch of the coastal highway for hours.
  • June 21: Dry lightning hits Monterey Bay overlooking Seaside, Calif. and the Monterey Peninsula. The lightning started spot fires in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties according to firefighters.
  • June 20: Daniel Leyton consoles a llama that was rescued from a barn near Watsonville, Calif.

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