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More than 300 fires broke out in Northern California over the past week, leaving residents like Danielle Bryant waiting for updates and a change in the weather. Lesley McClurg/KQED hide caption

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For Some California Residents, Latest Wildfires Are A Tipping Point

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Jasper Davis gets drinking water from a mountain stream in Martin County, Ky. He says he's one of many in the struggling coal region who have trouble affording their water bill. Sydney Boles/Ohio Valley ReSource hide caption

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A firefighter battles a wildfire near a ranch in Simi Valley, Calif., on Wednesday. The large new wildfire erupted in wind-whipped Southern California, forcing the evacuation of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and nearby homes. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP hide caption

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Scientists Studying Extreme Winds And Wildfires

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Tanker 914 is operated by the Albuquerque-based 10 Tanker. It's one of four DC-10 jumbo jets converted to fight fires. The huge planes are 181 feet long and have a wingspan of 165 feet. Fully loaded before making a drop, the aircraft can tip the scale at 420,000 pounds. Matt Guilhem/KCRW hide caption

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In California, Air Tanker Pilots Help Keep Wildfires At Bay

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A PG&E utility pole rests on a burned-out property in Healdsburg, Calif., on Monday. The community was just one of many in Sonoma County affected by the Kincade Fire, which has swelled to a size much larger than San Francisco. Philip Pacheco/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Utqiagvik whalers use many traditional tools, including the sealskin boat, or umiak, during the spring hunt. Ravenna Koenig/Alaska's Energy Desk hide caption

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Newly Discovered Beetle Named For Greta Thunberg: Nelloptodes Gretae

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Wildfires In Northern California Force Nearly 200,000 People To Evacuate

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Ashley LaFranchi (left) and Stephanie LaFranchi examine the remains of their family's Oak Ridge Angus ranch, leveled by a wildfire called Kincade Fire, in Calistoga, Calif., on Monday. Noah Berger/AP hide caption

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Mandatory Evacuations In Northern California As Wildfires Rage

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Firefighters surveyed the Soda Rock Winery as it burned during the Kincade Fire and flames raced through Healdsburg, Calif., on Sunday. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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