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A longtime exposure shows smolderings remains of overnight fires on the hillsides of San Marcos, San Diego county, California, USA, early 16 May 2014. Over 1,000 firefighters battled a series of fast-moving southern California wildfires on 15 May that spread across the region despite the efforts of more than 20 firefighting aircraft. Huge clouds of black smoke hung over much of San Diego County, where the worst blazes were burning 15 May, driven by the blistering Santa Ana winds, which bring strong, dry gusts out from the interior desert.

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Smoldering remains of overnight fires on the hillsides of San Marcos, San Diego county, California, USA, early Friday. Over 1,000 firefighters battled a series of fast-moving southern California wildfires that spread across the region despite the efforts of more than 20 firefighting aircraft.

A plane drops fire retardant over a hot spot on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif. Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif. Flames engulfed suburban homes and shot up along canyon ridges in one of the worst of several blazes that broke out Wednesday in Southern California during a second day of a sweltering heat wave, taxing fire crews who fear the scattered fires mark only the beginning of a long wildfire season.

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A plane drops fire retardant over a hot spot in San Marcos, California. Flames engulfed suburban homes and shot up along canyon ridges in one of the worst of several blazes that broke out in Southern California during another day of a sweltering heat

A boy showers off after sunset at the beach in Cardiff

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A boy showers off after sunset at the beach in Cardiff, California

A troop of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force participates with the US Marine Corps of  Expeditionary Fire Support System during the US -JAPAN military exercise Iron Fist 2014  outside the USMC base in Pendleton, California on February 06, 2014.

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A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force takes part in the US -Japan Exercise Iron Fist manoeuvres at the US Marine base in Pendleton, California

A wildfire burns in the hills just north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora, Calif., on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014. Southern California authorities have ordered the evacuation of homes at the edge of a fast-moving wildfire burning in the dangerously dry foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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A wildfire burns in the hills north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora, California. Authorities have ordered the evacuation of houses at the edge of the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains Read more

With the BART transit system on strike, traffic slows on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge during the morning commute Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in San Rafael, Calif.  San Francisco Bay Area commuters started the new work week on Monday with gridlocked roadways and long lines for buses and ferries as a major transit strike entered its fourth day. At the same time, federal investigators were searching for clues to a weekend train crash that killed two workers.

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As the BART transit system entered its fourth day of strikes, traffic slows on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, as San Francisco Bay Area commuters started the new working week on Monday with gridlocked roads and long lines for buses and ferries. At the same time, federal investigators were searching for clues to a weekend train crash that killed two workers.

U.S. forest firefighters get their rest in tents at the command post as the fire lights up the night skies from the Mountain Fire near Idyllwild...U.S. forest firefighters get their rest in tents at the command post as the fire lights up the night skies from the Mountain Fire near Idyllwild, California July 18, 2013. The blaze erupted on Monday afternoon about 100 miles (161 km) east of Los Angeles in the scenic but rugged San Jacinto Mountains that overlook Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and several smaller desert towns.  REUTERS/Gene Blevins  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

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US forest firefighters take a rest in tents at the command post as a mountain fire lights up the night skies near Idyllwild, California on Thursday. Read more

Competitors run in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park

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Competitors take part in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley National Park, California, in temperatures that can reach 55 degrees centigrade

Lightning strikes above the Geysers area of northern Sonoma County, early Thursday, July 4, 2013 near Geyserville Calif.  (AP Photo/Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

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Lightning strikes above the Geysers area of northern Sonoma County near Geyserville, California Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Orders On DOMA And Prop 8 Cases...WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26:  Married couple Michael Knaapen (L) amd John Becker (2nd L) kiss after hearing the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled to strike down DOMA and determined the California's proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court's striking down of the law.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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Married couple Michael Knaapen (left) and John Becker kiss on Wednesday after hearing the US Supreme Court ruled that the Defence of Marriage Act (Doma) was unconstitutional. The high court ruled to strike down Doma and determined that California’s proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court’s striking down of the law.