Smoke from the Northern California wildfires and other major wildfires across the Western U.S. fill the horizon as the sun sets over Utah Lake and Provo. The U.S. Army has been asked to send 200 troops to assist the more then 29,000 civilian firefighters deployed throughput the West. This is the first time the Army has been called to provide troops to fight fires since 2006.
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A DC-10 firefighting aircraft drops fire retardant on a ridge in front of the Rocky Fire near Clearlake, California. Nearly 3,000 firefighters are battling the Rocky Fire that has burned over 60,000 acres has forced the evacuation of 12,000 residents in Lake County
Firefighter Joe Darr douses flames of the Rocky fire along Highway 20 near Clearlake, California. Thousands of firefighters battled raging wildfires in drought-parched California, where entire neighborhoods have been evacuated
A firefighter battles a spot fire at the Rocky Fire in Lake County, California
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A wall of flames lurches over a ridge as a resident of Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, California, prepares to evacuate because of the 3,000 acre Rocky Fire that has taken hold in Lake County.
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A general view shows oil pumping jacks and drilling pads at the Kern River Oil Field where the principle operator is the Chevron Corporation in Bakersfield, California. The field is the third largest in California, fifth largest in the United States and relies mainly on the steam injection method to extract the crude oil.
Mass lightning bolts light up night skies by the Daggett airport from monsoon storms passing over the high deserts early Wednesday, north of Barstow, California
A rainbow sculpture inspired by the movie “The Wizard of Oz” is pictured at Sony Studios in Culver City, California
A Los Angeles City Fire helicopter drops water on a hillside fire in Santa Clarita, Calif. About 1,000 people have been evacuated from homes as a 100-acre wildfire burns through brushy canyonlands north of Los Angeles.
A zombie promoting “The Walking Dead” game walks amongst gamers at the opening day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3 at the Convention Center in Los Angeles, California
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U.S. Army veteran Wesley Barrientos, who lost his legs in 2007 while serving in Iraq, listens to the national anthem before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles.
Workers clean up an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, United States on Wednesday. A pipeline ruptured along the scenic California coastline on Tuesday, spilling some 21,000 gallons (79,000 liters) of oil into the ocean and on beaches before it could be secured
A woman does acrobatics as she waits for a band to start playing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.
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Construction workers begin demolition of a swimming pool at an apartment complex in Hayward, California as the state enters its fourth year of drought. Some residents are having their pools removed as they face a mandatory 25% reduction in water use.
The moon sets in the early morning hours as a man walks along an ocean pier in Oceanside, California on Thursday
A man waits in line for one of 5,000 food bags provided at Glide Memorial Church in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco, California on Wednesday
Traffic moves slowly across the Golden Gate Bridge in the high winds and rain on Thursday, in this view from Sausalito, California. A storm expected to be one of the worst in five years swept across the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, knocking out power and delaying travel by air, train and ferry.
Amanda Ashe of Oakland, left, ‘faces off’ with a police officer during the second night of demonstrations in Emeryville, California, following the grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri
People frolic beside the Pacific Amusement Park as the sun sets on Santa Monica beach, California. The pier, which will soon celebrate its 100th year, has been the setting for films such as The Sting, Forrest Gump and Iron Man.
Tesoro’s Los Angeles oil refinery is seen through a fence in Los Angeles, California on Friday. Oil prices have dropped below $90 per barrel, a level last seen in June 2012, putting a strong spotlight on OPEC producing countries