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Firefighter Chuck Mitchell hoses down a hot spot of the Ponderosa fire near Viola, Calif., Aug. 20, 2012. The fire, which destroyed seven homes and burned 23 square miles, was just 5 percent contained since beginning two days earlier. (Associated Press)
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Firefighter Chuck Mitchell hoses down a hot spot of the Ponderosa fire near Viola, Calif., Aug. 20, 2012. The fire, which destroyed seven homes and burned 23 square miles, was just 5 percent contained since beginning two days earlier. (Associated Press)

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