Photos: Wildfires in California cause destruction

Updated: Aug 19, 2016, 13:39 IST
  • Photos: Wildfires in California cause destruction
    An RV and a truck are engulfed in flames from a wildfire in Devore, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. Five years of drought have turned the state's wildlands into a tinder box, with eight fires currently burning from Shasta County in the far north to Camp Pendleton just north of San Diego
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    A DC-10 air tanker delivers flame retardant to the Blue Cut fire in Wrightwood, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016
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    Cal Fire's Steve Rodberg, of Laguna Niguel, sprays water on flames while battling a wildfire along Lytle Creek Road Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 near Keenbrook, Calif
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    In this Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 photo, firefighters scramble from flames after a wildfire blew up near Zermatt Drive and Pacific Crest in Wrightwood, Calif
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    Flames from a wildfire flare up near a Riverside City Fire Department water tender truck and Cal Fire brush engine truck in Devore, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016
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    Firefighters monitor the Blue Cut Fire as flames scorch a hillside near Wrightwood, California, August 17, 2016
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A wildfire with a ferocity never seen before by veteran California firefighters raced up and down canyons, instantly engulfing homes and forcing thousands of people to flee, some running for their lives just ahead of the flames. Pics/AP/PTI/AFP

 

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