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A firefighter battling the King Fire watches as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond...A firefighter battling the King Fire watches as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. It has charred more than 11,500 acres (4,654 hectares) and was 5 percent contained on Tuesday.  REUTERS/Noah Berger  (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

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A firefighter watches as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California. So far 400 people have been evacuated from areas threatened by the blaze that has scorched more than 11,500 acres of land

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.

Firefighters pull a pig as they try to rescue it from a well at a pig farm in Zhejiang province

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Chinese firefighters try to rescue a pig from a well at a farm in Huanghua, Zhejiang province, on Friday.

Firefighters try to douse a fire at a cotton factory in Allahabad

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Firefighters try to douse a fire at a cotton factory in the northern Indian city of Allahabad on Thursday

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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.

Policemen stand guard while firefighters are spraying foam from behind the barricades

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Policemen stand guard while firefighters are spraying foam from behind the barricades during a protest near the Lambermont in Brussels, the residence of the Belgian prime minister, while ministers were holding a cabinet meeting to discuss the budget. Firefighters are asking for more funding for their service.

A Belgian firefighter takes part in a protest for better work conditions in central Brussels.

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A Belgian firefighter takes part in a protest for better work conditions in central Brussels.

A fireman with his dog on the picket line at Euston London Fire Brigade station house, London as firefighters and Fire Service staff across England and Wales walked out on strike today in a bitter row over pensions, with the threat of further action if the dispute is not resolved. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 25, 2013. Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) left their stations and set up picket lines, leaving brigades to put into place contingency plans. See PA story INDUSTRY Fire.

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A fireman with his dog on the picket line at Euston London Fire Brigade station house in London. Firefighters and Fire Service staff across England and Wales striked on Wednesday over pensions, with the threat of further action if the dispute is not resolved.

Firefighters walk among thousands of exploded propane cylinders that litter storage yard of propane plant after massive explosions overnight in the plant's yard, in Tavares...Firefighters walk among thousands of exploded propane cylinders that litter the storage yard of a propane plant after massive explosions overnight in the plant's yard, in Tavares, Florida, July 30, 2013. Dozens of explosions rocked a propane tank servicing plant in central Florida, northwest of Orlando, late on Monday, injuring seven workers, at least three critically, and prompting the evacuation of nearby homes, authorities said.

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Firefighters walk among thousands of exploded propane cylinders that litter the storage yard of a propane plant after massive explosions overnight in the plant’s yard, in Tavares, Florida. Dozens of explosions rocked the propane tank servicing plant northwest of Orlando, late on Monday, injuring seven workers, at least three critically, and prompting the evacuation of nearby homes, authorities said.