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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.

Indians watch a fire at a warehouse storing leftover cloth strips in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The cause of fire is unknown. No casualties have been reported so far, according to fire officials.

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Bystanders watch a cloth warehouse fire in New Delhi, India on Tuesday.

An Indian woman holding a baby on her lap sits amid charred debris after a fire at a slum in Ghaziabad, outskirts of New Delhi, India, Monday, April 28, 2014. A massive fire broke out at a scrap yard and spread to the adjacent slum area leaving hundreds of impoverished residents homeless and injuring two. Shantytowns in India are mostly built illegally without any safety standards.

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A woman cradles a baby in her lap as she sits amid charred debris after a fire at a slum in Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India

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Firefighters work to put out a fire in Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, Chile 

An exhausted firefighter rests on debris as they battle to extinguish a huge fire in a paint factory in Howrah, 30 km west of Calcutta, Eastern India, 12 March 2014. A major fire broke out at a factory of Shalimar Paints Limited in Howrah early morning. According to police and media reports, 25 fire engines fought for close to six hours to extinguish the blaze. Noboby was injured.

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An exhausted firefighter rests while his colleagues continue to extinguish a huge fire in the Shalimar Paints factory in Howrah, 30km west of Kolkata, India, on Wednesday morning

An anti-government demonstrator sit behind a barricade on February 21, 2014 at the Independent square in Kiev. Armed protesters stormed police barricades in Kiev on Thursday in renewed violence that killed at least 26 people and shattered an hours-old truce as EU envoys held crisis talks with Ukraine's embattled president. Bodies of anti-government demonstrators lay amid smouldering debris after masked protesters hurling Molotov cocktails and stones forced police from Kiev's iconic Independence Square -- the epicentre of the ex-Soviet country's three-month-old crisis.

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An anti-government demonstrator sits behind a barricade on Friday in the central square in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich moved to defuse the country’s worst crisis since independence by accepting calls for snap presidential elections and constitutional changes that would curb powers of the presidency.

Interior Ministry members are on fire as they stand guard during clashes with anti-government protesters in Kiev...Interior Ministry members are on fire as they stand guard during clashes with anti-government protesters in Kiev February 18, 2014. Several thousand protesters clashed with police near the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday after being stopped from marching to the building in a move to keep up pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich. After being blocked by a line of trucks about 100 metres short of the building, protesters hurled stones at police, a Reuters witness said. REUTERS/Vlad Sodel

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Police catch fire as they stand guard during clashes with anti-government protesters in Kiev, Ukraine. Several thousand protesters clashed with police near the Ukrainian parliament after being stopped from marching to the building in a move to keep up pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich. After being blocked by a line of trucks about 100 metres short of the building, protesters hurled stones at police, a Reuters witness said. 

Bahraini anti-government protesters wait for riot police between clashes in the debris-filled main street of Malkiya, Bahrain, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Rubbish and oil smeared on the road are meant to deter police jeeps from entering the village, where shops were shuttered in observance of a general strike called by anti-government groups in the run-up to Friday's third anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf island kingdom.

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Anti-government protesters wait for riot police between clashes in the debris-filled main street of Malkiya, Bahrain. Rubbish and oil smeared on the road are meant to deter police jeeps from entering the village, where shops were shuttered in observance of a general strike called by opposition groups in the run-up to Friday’s third anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf kingdom.

Woman cries after she losing all of her belongings in a fire at a slum at Mirpur in Dhaka...A woman cries after she losing all of her belongings in a fire at a slum at Mirpur in Dhaka February 11, 2014. According to local media, at least 200 shanties and 20 shops were destroyed in the fire on Tuesday, which was caused by an electric short circuit at a slum in the Mirpur area of Dhaka. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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A woman cries after losing all of her belongings in a fire at a slum at Mirpur in Dhaka, Bangladesh. According to local media, at least 200 shanties and 20 shops were destroyed in the fire on Tuesday, which was caused by an electric short circuit.

Protesters warm up themselves at a fire during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev, Ukraine, 27 January 2014. The Ukrainian opposition had called on 26 January for more negotiations with the government, just hours after rebuffing an invitation to join the administration. Ukraine has seen violent protests since November 2013. The demonstrations have been led by pro-Europe activists angry that President Viktor Yanukovych had decided against an association agreement with the European Union in favour of closer relations with Russia.

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Protesters pause during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev, Ukraine.

A firefighter looks on at the seniors residence Residence du Havre after a fire in L'Isle Verte, Quebec. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger

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A firefighter looks on at the seniors residence Residence du Havre after a fire in L’Isle Verte, Quebec on Friday.

Artillery firing exercise...epa04039044 An artillery firing exercise is underway at a shooting range in Yeoncheon County, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, 24 January 2014. South Korea's Defense Ministry on 24 January 2014 urged North Korea to prove sincerity through actions as an official response to an open letter from the North to the South calling for resolution and an end to intimidating military acts.  EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

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An artillery firing exercise is under way at a shooting range in Yeoncheon County, South Korea. South Korea’s Defence Ministry on Friday urged North Korea to prove sincerity through actions as an official response to an open letter from the North to the South calling for resolution and an end to intimidating military acts. 

Anti-government protests in Ukraine...  KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 20:  This handout photo released by Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs shows burning members of the Ukrainian riot police due to the gasoline bombs hurled by anti-government protestors during the clashes in central Kiev, Ukraine, January 20, 2014. At least 61 people were admitted to hospital and 100 police officers wounded after violent clashes broke out when thousands marched on Kiev's streets to demonstrate against a recently passed anti-protest legislation. (Photo by Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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This photo released by the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs shows Ukrainian riot police on fire after gasoline bombs were hurled by anti-government protesters during the clashes in central Kiev, Ukraine 

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 

Sinabung volcano spews hot ash and lava in Karo on January 14, 2014.

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Mount Sinabung volcano spews hot ash and lava in Karo on Tuesday.

A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood makes the Rabaa four-fingered gesture in front of a burning police vehicle in Cairo January 10, 2014. The four-fingered "Rabaa" sign is in reference to the police clearing of the Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp on August 14 last year that killed hundreds of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi who were camped out in Cairo.

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A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood makes the Rabaa four-fingered gesture in front of a burning police vehicle in Cairo on Friday. The gesture has become a symbol of protest and refers to the clearing of the Rabaa al-Adawiya camp by security forces on August 14 last year that killed scores of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Fire in Mumbai...epa03959579 An Indian woman cries while her baby is missing after a fire in Ambedkar Nagar slum in Mumbai, India, 21 November 2013. According to reports, a fire broke out in the area on 21 November, gutting shanties, but no casualties have been reported.

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A mother whose baby is missing cries near the site of a fire in Ambedkar Nagar slum in Mumbai, India

Think smoke from a bush fire fills the s...Think smoke from a bush fire fills the sky near Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains on October 24, 2013.  Thousands of largely volunteer firefighters have been battling infernos for more than a week across the state of New South Wales that have destroyed over 200 homes, with the Blue Mountains region west of Sydney the focal point.   AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHANSAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Thick smoke from a bush fire fills the sky near Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains on Thursday. Thousands of largely volunteer firefighters have been battling infernos for more than a week across the state of New South Wales. The fires have destroyed more than 200 homes, with the Blue Mountains region west of Sydney the focal point. 

Firefighters work to contain fires from a resident's backyard at Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains. Firefighters have deliberately merged two major blazes in southeastern Australia in a desperate battle to manage the advancing infernos as weather conditions worsen.

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Firefighters work to contain the flames at Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains, southeastern Australia. Two major blazes have been deliberately merged in a desperate attempt to manage the advancing infernos as weather conditions worsen.

Sydney Shrouded In Smoke As Bushfires Rage Across NSW...SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17:  A general view of play during the Ryobi Cup cricket match between the South Australian Redbacks and the Western Australia Warriors at Drummoyne Oval on October 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney is shrouded in a haze of smoke as brushfires rage in the western Sydney suburbs of Springwood, Winmalee and Lithgow.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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A Ryobi Cup cricket match between the South Australian Redbacks and the Western Australia Warriors at Drummoyne Oval on Thursday, in Sydney, Australia. The city is shrouded in a haze of smoke as brushfires rage in its western suburbs of Springwood, Winmalee and Lithgow.