Gary Broomell and his daughter, Debbie, pose behind a sign on their ranch in San Diego County. Their family has been growing citrus for generations, but lately, it's been hard staying in the black growing oranges, so they started a vineyard a few years ago. Lesley McClurg/ Capital Public Radio hide caption

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Some of Alaska's wildfires are dramatic: flames, vast plumes of smoke and firefighting battles. Here, on June 17, a helicopter releases hundreds of gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska. But even fires that look far quieter, like they're all burned out, can continue to smolder underground — and pose a dangerous threat to permafrost. Sgt. Balinda O'Neal/U.S. Army National Guard/AP hide caption

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Author and activist Bill McKibben paddles toward Follensby Pond in New York's Adirondack Mountains, along the route followed by Ralph Waldo Emerson in the summer of 1858. Julia Ferguson/NCPR hide caption

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A helicopter flies near the Lake Fire in California's San Bernardino National Forest on June 19. Firefighters mobilized to combat the wildfire from the air, but they had to be grounded to avoid drones in the area. David McNew/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Many homes in the mountains of Kittitas County, Wash., are at severe risk for a wildfire. Fire managers are worried that parts of typically "wet" Washington state are years behind other places in the West when it comes to fire mitigation and prevention. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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