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Juan Manuel plows snow off a sidewalk in downtown Truckee, Calif., on Friday. The most powerful Pacific storm of the season is forecast to bring up to 10 feet of snow into the Sierra Nevada by the weekend. Andy Barron/AP hide caption

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Firefighters wrapped foil around the base of the General Sherman tree to protect the gigantic sequoia from an intense wildfire. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks hide caption

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

This photo by climbing partner Wayne Merry and provided by the Whitmore Family Trust shows George Whitmore dangling off an outcropping during the historic first ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in 1958. Wayne Merry/AP hide caption

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Thursday's first snow of the season can be seen at The Wall ski run in Kirkwood, Calif. Snow fell in the Sierra Nevada on the last day of summer. Kirkwood Mountain Resort via AP hide caption

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Kirkwood Mountain Resort via AP