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11 Astonishing Pictures Of California's Wildfires

Firefighters have been battling a series of huge blazes in the state.

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So far, the King Fire has burned 12,780 acres (around 20 square miles), and is only 5% contained, according to Cal Fire. Five hundred homes are threatened.

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A firefighter watches as the King Fire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond.


Another large blaze — the Boles Fire — has been burning near Weed, Siskiyou County, damaging or destroying over 150 structures.

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In this image, Weed resident Kathy Besk (left) is comforted by her daughter Shelley as they stand in the burned-out ruins of their home.

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