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Ten thousand fire personnel are battling blazes across California, including in San Luis Obispo County, where the massive Chimney Fire threatens homes and the historic Hearst Castle. AP hide caption

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An air tanker fights California's Bluecut wildfire with flame retardant. Fire experts say Bluecut has burned and spread with a ferocity they've never seen before. Alex Gallardo/AP hide caption

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A firestorm engulfs the Mormon Rocks area in the San Bernardino National Forest off State Highway 138 in Phelan, Calif., as the Bluecut Fire rages out of control Tuesday afternoon. Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Out-Of-Control Southern California Brush Fire Forces 80,000 To Evacuate

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A car destroyed by the Soberanes fire in Big Sur, Calif. Lodge managers and cafe owners there are facing cancelled bookings after fire officials warned that crews will likely be battling the fire for another month. Terry Chea/AP hide caption

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Tank, a pet 75-pound tortoise, survived the Los Angeles Sand Fire after his owner were forced to leave him behind. Courtesy of the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control hide caption

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Courtesy of the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control

A pickup truck destroyed by a wildfire sits on a burned property near Lake Isabella, Calif. The wildfire that roared across dry brush and trees in the mountains of Central California gave residents little time to flee. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Flames from the Rocky Fire approach a house in Lower Lake, Calif., Friday. More than 5,000 firefighters are now battling large blazes in California; hundreds of residents are under evacuation orders in affected areas. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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A house burns at the Cocos fire in San Marcos, Calif., Thursday. Fire agencies are girding for what is already proving to be a dangerous year of wildfires, as California suffers an extreme drought. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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An image shot by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on Wednesday. It shows multiple wildfires in Calif. trailing smoke into the Pacific Ocean. Lynn Jenner/NASA/Goddard hide caption

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Residents photograph the burning ruins of their home in Carlsbad, Calif., that was destroyed in the Poinsettia fire, one of nine wildfires that have erupted in San Diego County. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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A charred tree rests on the forest floor after being sawn down to a stump Friday. Firefighters are still working to contain the Rim Fire, which is now the third-largest wildfire in California's history. Mike McMillan/U.S. Forest Service hide caption

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A charred caution sign just outside of California's Yosemite National Park. David McNew /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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